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Alpe d'Huez

Tour de France arrival line, avenue du Rif Nel.
Elevation 1850 m./6069 ft.
Location Flag of France France
Range Alps
Coordinates 45°03′N, 6°02′E

Alpe d'Huez is a famous ski resort 1850 metres / 3330 metres (6,069 ft / 10,924 ft) high. Alpe d'Huez was and still is a mountain pasture in the Central French Alps, located on the territory of the commune of Huez, in the Isère département. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1200x688, 178 KB) Summary LAlpe dHuez, Isère, France. ... A topographical summit is a point on a surface which is higher in elevation than all points immediately adjacent to it. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... For exotic financial options, see Mountain range (options). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... St. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. ... Isère is a département in the east of France named after the Isère River. ... The départements (or departments) are administrative units of France and many former French colonies, roughly analogous to English counties. ...

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Tour de France

Alpe d'Huez is the most famous mountain climb in the Tour de France. While the tour route varies from year to year, l'Alpe d'Huez has hosted a stage finish almost every year since 1976. The Tour de France first finished a stage on l'Alpe d'Huez in 1952. That stage was won by the Italian road racing cyclist Fausto Coppi. The Tour de France is the worlds best-known cycling race, a 22 day long, 20 stage road race that is usually run over a distance of more than 3000km. ... Road bicycle racing is a popular bicycle racing sport held on roads (following the geography of the area), using racing bicycles. ... Angelo Fausto Coppi (September 15, 1919 – January 2, 1960) was an Italian racing cyclist. ...


The climb up Alpe d'Huez is 13.8 km at an average gradient of 8.1% with 21 hairpin bends marked with panels honouring the winners of each stage that has finished there. Having finished there for the 22nd time in 2001, the authorities had to start again at the bottom with a double panel honouring Fausto Coppi and Lance Armstrong. Angelo Fausto Coppi (September 15, 1919 – January 2, 1960) was an Italian racing cyclist. ... Lance Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson on September 18, 1971) is a retired American professional road racing cyclist. ...


As the most legendary climb in recent Tour history, the Alpe has been the scene of chaotic crowds in the past 10 years. In 1999 Giuseppe Guerini won the stage despite being knocked off his bike by an over-enthusiastic spectator who stepped into his path to take a photograph (the photographer later sought out Guerini to apologize). The 2004 Tour de France route featured an individual time trial up Alpe d'Huez, which became a chaotic scene crowded with nearly a million fans, some of whom could not resist pushing their favorite rider toward the top. Armstrong won the stage and his time was only 1 second slower than the official record set by the late Marco Pantani of 37 minutes, 35 seconds. The 91st Tour de France (July 3 - July 25, 2004). ... An Individual Time Trial (ITT) is a road bicycle race in which cyclists race alone against the clock (in French: contre la montre - literally against the watch). There are also track-based time trials where riders compete in velodromes, and team time trials (TTT). ... Marco Pantani (January 13, 1970, Cesena – February 14, 2004, Rimini) was an Italian cyclist widely regarded as being one of the best climbers of all times in professional road bicycle racing. ...


Alpe d'Huez is also known as the "Dutch Mountain", a Dutchman having won there 8 of the first 14 finishes. Approximately one of every three fans on the mountain is from the Netherlands. The Dutch have won none of the last 11 stages finishing on Alpe d'Huez however; 6 were won by Italian riders, 3 by American riders, one by Basque rider Iban Mayo, and the most recent by Fränk Schleck of Luxembourg. Basque may refer to: Look up Basque in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Iban Mayo Diez (born August 19, 1977, in Igorre, Basque Country, Spain) is a professional road bicycle racer. ... Fränk Schleck (born 15 April 1980) is a professional road bicycle racer from Luxembourg currently riding for Team CSC. Before the 2005 season, Fränk Schleck got the company of his kid brother Andy Schleck on Team CSC, and they split the 2005 national championships between them, Fränk...


The peak also serves as the finish of La Marmotte, a one-day, 175-km road cycle ride with well over 5000 m. of climbing. It is also used for downhill, or Alpine skiing. La Marmotte is one of the toughest one-day cycling events in the World. ... Alpine skier carving a turn on piste Alpine skiing (or downhill skiing) is a recreational activity and sport involving sliding down snow-covered hills with long, thin skis attached to each foot. ...


Winners of the Alpe d'Huez stage at Tour de France

Panorama of the famous 21 bends towards Alpe d'Huez with outline
Panorama of the famous 21 bends towards Alpe d'Huez with outline
Year Name Country Bend
2006 Fränk Schleck Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 18
2004 Lance Armstrong Flag of the United States United States 19
2003 Iban Mayo Flag of Spain Spain 20
2001 Lance Armstrong Flag of the United States United States 21
1999 Giuseppe Guerini Flag of Italy Italy 1
1997 Marco Pantani Flag of Italy Italy 2
1995 Marco Pantani Flag of Italy Italy 3
1994 Roberto Conti Flag of Italy Italy 4
1992 Andrew Hampsten Flag of the United States United States 5
1991 Gianni Bugno Flag of Italy Italy 6
1990 Gianni Bugno Flag of Italy Italy 7
1989 Gert-Jan Theunisse Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 8
1988 Steven Rooks Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 9
1987 Federico Echave Flag of Spain Spain 10
1986 Bernard Hinault Flag of France France 11
1984 Luis Herrera Flag of Colombia Colombia 12
1983 Peter Winnen Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 13
1982 Beat Breu Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 14
1981 Peter Winnen Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 15
1979* Joop Zoetemelk Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 16
1979* Joaquim Agostinho Flag of Portugal Portugal 17
1978 Hennie Kuiper Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 18
1977 Hennie Kuiper Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 19
1976 Joop Zoetemelk Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 20
1952 Fausto Coppi Flag of Italy Italy 21

*In the 1979 Tour de France, there were two stages at l'Alpe d'Huez. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (550x824, 90 KB) Summary View of the Lalpe dHuez serpentines. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (550x824, 90 KB) Summary View of the Lalpe dHuez serpentines. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fränk Schleck (born 15 April 1980) is a professional road bicycle racer from Luxembourg currently riding for Team CSC. Before the 2005 season, Fränk Schleck got the company of his kid brother Andy Schleck on Team CSC, and they split the 2005 national championships between them, Fränk... Image File history File links Flag_of_Luxembourg. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lance Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson on September 18, 1971) is a retired American professional road racing cyclist. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Iban Mayo Diez (born August 19, 1977, in Igorre, Basque Country, Spain) is a professional road bicycle racer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Spain. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Lance Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson on September 18, 1971) is a retired American professional road racing cyclist. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the year. ... Giuseppe Guerini (born February 14, 1970 in Gazzaniga, Bergamo province, Italy) is a professional road bicycle racer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Marco Pantani (January 13, 1970, Cesena – February 14, 2004, Rimini) was an Italian cyclist widely regarded as being one of the best climbers of all times in professional road bicycle racing. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Marco Pantani (January 13, 1970, Cesena – February 14, 2004, Rimini) was an Italian cyclist widely regarded as being one of the best climbers of all times in professional road bicycle racing. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Roberto Conti born December 16, 1964 is a former Italian cyclist, whose biggest win came in the 1994 Tour de France as he won the Alpe DHuez stage after an impressive break-away. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Andrew Hampsten (born April 7, 1962 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American cyclist, best remembered for winning the 1988 Giro dItalia and the prestigious Alpe dHuez stage of the 1992 Tour de France. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Gianni Bugno (born Brugg, Switzerland, February 14, 1964) was an Italian professional road racing cyclist. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Gianni Bugno (born Brugg, Switzerland, February 14, 1964) was an Italian professional road racing cyclist. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Steven Rooks (August 7, 1960) is a former Dutch professional road racing cyclist known for his climbing ability. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Spain. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Bernard Hinault (born 14 November 1954) is a French cyclist best known for his five victories in the Tour de France. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the year. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Colombia. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Peter Winnen is a former Road bicycle racing athlete, born on September 5, 1957 at IJsselstein (Limbourg), in Netherland. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Switzerland. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Peter Winnen is a former Road bicycle racing athlete, born on September 5, 1957 at IJsselstein (Limbourg), in Netherland. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Gerardus Joseph (Joop) Zoetemelk is a Dutch cyclist. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Joaquim Agostinho, was born on the 7th of April 1943, in Brejenjas, a small village that borders upon the vila of Praia de Santa Cruz, parish of Silveira and council of Torres Vedras. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Portugal. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Hennie Kuiper (born February 3, 1949) is a Dutch former professional cyclist who is ranked in the top 50 greatest riders in the history of the sport. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Hennie Kuiper (born February 3, 1949) is a Dutch former professional cyclist who is ranked in the top 50 greatest riders in the history of the sport. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gerardus Joseph (Joop) Zoetemelk is a Dutch cyclist. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Angelo Fausto Coppi (September 15, 1919 – January 2, 1960) was an Italian racing cyclist. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ...


Fastest Alpe d'Huez ascents

Profile of Alpe d'Huez
Profile of Alpe d'Huez
Rank Time Name Year Country
1 37' 35" Marco Pantani 1997 Flag of Italy Italy
2* 37' 36" Lance Armstrong 2004 Flag of the United States United States
3 38' 00" Marco Pantani 1994 Flag of Italy Italy
4 38' 01" Lance Armstrong 2001 Flag of the United States United States
5 38' 04" Marco Pantani 1995 Flag of Italy Italy
6 38' 23" Jan Ullrich 1997 Flag of Germany Germany
7 38' 34" Floyd Landis 2006 Flag of the United States United States
8 38' 35" Andreas Kloden 2006 Flag of Germany Germany
9* 38' 37" Jan Ullrich 2004 Flag of Germany Germany
10 39' 02" Richard Virenque 1997 Flag of France France
11 39' 06" Iban Mayo 2003 Flag of Spain Spain
12* 39' 17" Andreas Klöden 2004 Flag of Germany Germany
13* 39' 21" Jose Azevedo 2004 Flag of Portugal Portugal
14 39' 28" Miguel Indurain 1995 Flag of Spain Spain
15 39' 28" Alex Zülle 1995 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
16 39' 30" Bjarne Riis 1995 Flag of Denmark Denmark
17 39' 44" Gianni Bugno 1991 Flag of Italy Italy
18 39' 45" Miguel Indurain 1991 Flag of Spain Spain
19 40' 00" Jan Ullrich 2001 Flag of Germany Germany
20 40' 46" Fränk Schleck 2006 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
21 40' 51" Alexander Vinokourov 2003 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
22 41' 18" Lance Armstrong 2003 Flag of the United States United States
23 41' 50" Laurent Fignon 1989 Flag of France France
24 41' 50" Lucho Herrara 1986 Flag of Colombia Colombia
25 42' 15" Pedro Delgado 1989 Flag of Spain Spain
26 45' 20" Gert-Jan Theunisse 1989 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
27 45' 22" Fausto Coppi 1952 Flag of Italy Italy
28 48' 00" Greg Lemond 1986 Flag of the United States United States
29 48' 00" Bernard Hinault 1986 Flag of France France

*ITT Stage in 2004. Image File history File links L'Alp-d'Huez. ... Image File history File links L'Alp-d'Huez. ... Marco Pantani (January 13, 1970, Cesena – February 14, 2004, Rimini) was an Italian cyclist widely regarded as being one of the best climbers of all times in professional road bicycle racing. ... The 1997 Tour de France was the 84th Tour de France, it took place July 5–27, 1997. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Lance Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson on September 18, 1971) is a retired American professional road racing cyclist. ... The 91st Tour de France (July 3 - July 25, 2004). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Marco Pantani (January 13, 1970, Cesena – February 14, 2004, Rimini) was an Italian cyclist widely regarded as being one of the best climbers of all times in professional road bicycle racing. ... The 1994 Tour de France was the 81st Tour de France and included two stages in England (twenty years after the tour first visited), Stage 4, Dover to Brighton and Stage 5, around Portsmouth. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Lance Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson on September 18, 1971) is a retired American professional road racing cyclist. ... The Tour de France of 2001 was relatively short, but also difficult, with a number of heavy mountain stages, a team time trial and a climbing time trial. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Marco Pantani (January 13, 1970, Cesena – February 14, 2004, Rimini) was an Italian cyclist widely regarded as being one of the best climbers of all times in professional road bicycle racing. ... The 1995 Tour de France was the 82nd Tour de France. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... 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Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Richard Virenque (born November 19, 1969 in Casablanca, Morocco) is a retired French professional bicyclist. ... The 1997 Tour de France was the 84th Tour de France, it took place July 5–27, 1997. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Iban Mayo Diez (born August 19, 1977, in Igorre, Basque Country, Spain) is a professional road bicycle racer. ... The Tour de France of 2003 started and ended in Paris. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Spain. ... Andreas Klöden, (born 22 June 1975 in Mittweida, Germany), is a professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour T-Mobile Team. ... The 91st Tour de France (July 3 - July 25, 2004). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... José Azevedo (born 19 September 1973) is a notable Portuguese professional cyclist. ... The 91st Tour de France (July 3 - July 25, 2004). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Portugal. ... 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The climb has been timed since 1994 so earlier times are subject to some discussion. From 1994 to 1997 the climb was timed from a point 14.5km from the finish. Since 1999 a photo-finish system was used from 14km to the finish. These times are all taken from 13.8km from the summit, which is the corner which marks the start of the climb. Other timings have also been taken from the road junction approximately 700m from the start of the climb. [1]


These variations in the distance for timing the climb have led to an ongoing debate as to the fastest times. For example, the 'official' record of Marco Pantani of 37'35" has been cited by sources such as Procycling magazine, and World Cycling Productions - publishers of the Tour de France series of DVDs hosted by Phil Liggett and the magazine Cycle Sport . In his biography of Marco Pantani, Matt Rendell notes the following for Pantani's times: 1994 - 38'00"; 1995 - 38'04"; 1997 - 37'35". The Alpe d'Huez tourist association describes the climb as 14.454km and also lists Pantani's 37'35" as the record. [2] Phil Liggett MBE (born 1943) is a sports journalist and commentator on the Outdoor Life Network for the Tour de France and other bike races. ...


Skiing at Alpe d'Huez

Skiing the Couloir des cheminées de Mâcle above Alpe d'Huez resort
Skiing the Couloir des cheminées de Mâcle above Alpe d'Huez resort

Alpe d'Huez is also known as a freeskiing venue. The site of the Pomagalski's first surface lift in the early sixties, the resort grew in an organic manner, gaining popularity when it hosted the bobsleigh events of the 1968 Winter Olympics. At that time the resort was seen as a competitor to Courchevel as France's most upmarket purpose built resort but the development of Les Trois Vallées, Val d'Isère, Tignes, La Plagne and Les Arcs saw Alpe D'Huez fall from favour in the Seventies and early Eighties. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (600x800, 86 KB) Andy Enright in the Cheminee du Mascle Couloir above Alpe dHuez I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (600x800, 86 KB) Andy Enright in the Cheminee du Mascle Couloir above Alpe dHuez I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ... The 1968 Winter Olympics, officially known as the X Olympic Winter Games, were held in 1968 Grenoble, France and opened on February 6. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Piste map, Les Trois Vallées Trois Valées, France 2004 Les Trois Vallées the three valleys is a ski region in the Savoie département of France, above the town of Moûtiers and near the Vanoise National Park and the Tarentaise. ... Val dIsere ski resort A view of Val dIsere ski resort. ... A ski lift on the Grande Motte. ... La Plagne is a french ski area in the Alps (Savoie). ... The centre of Arc 1950 Les Arcs is a ski resort located in Savoie, France near the town of Bourg-Saint-Maurice. ...


With 235km of piste and 87 ski lifts, the resort is now one of the world's largest. Extensive snowmaking facilities helped combat the ski area's largely south-facing orientation and helped Alpe d'Huez appeal to beginner skiers, with very easy slopes. The expansion of the skiing above the linked resorts of Vaujany, Oz-en-Oisans, Villard Reculas and Auris boosted the quantity and quality of intermediate grade slopes but the resort is mostly known for freeskiing, drawing many steep skiing enthusiasts to its high altitude terrain.


Aside from the Tunnel and Sarenne black runs, the latter the world's longest at 16km, many Off-piste opportunities exist both from the summit of the 3330m Pic Blanc and the 2808m Dome des Petites Rousses. The proximity to the off-piste resort of La Grave as well as the tree skiing of Serre Chevalier and the huge glacier and terrain parks of Les Deux Alpes have made Alpe d'Huez a popular base for skiers looking to explore the Oisans region. Backcountry skiing or off-piste skiing is skiing in a sparsely inhabited rural region, where fixed mechanical means of ascent (chairlifts, cable cars etc. ... La Grave is a municipality of the Hautes-Alpes département. ... Serre Chevalier is one of the major French ski resorts. ... Les Deux Alpes Les Deux Alpes (also Les 2 Alpes or Les 2 Alpes 3600) is a ski resort in the French Isère département. ...


Sister cities

Alpe d'Huez's sister cities are: Sign denoting twin towns of Neckarsulm Town twinning or sister cities is a concept whereby towns or cities from geographically and politically distinct areas are paired, with the goal of fostering human contact and cultural links. ...

Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Bormio is a medieval-style ski resort village located in the Sondrio province, Lombardy region of the Italian Alps. ...

External links

Coordinates: 45°03′N, 6°02′E Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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