The Mont Ventoux challenge

The Mont Ventoux, the 1912-metre high barren mountains in Provence mythical qualifications attributed to. It is the toughest climb in the Tour de France because of a combination of length scale, the different rates of increase and especially the weather. It can blow hard and yet very warm. A Tour de France with the Mont Ventoux in the not only create gaps in the peloton, but also guarantees the spectacle. Mont Ventoux has three climbs: North, East and South sides. The South side, where the ascent starts in Bédoin, widely viewed as the most difficult part. The foot of the climb is 290 meters high, so the difference in height is 1622 metres over a distance of 21.5 kilometers. The average proportion is 7.46%, with not more than 10.5% in the steepest kilometers. But the devil is in the tail, as the last piece has a gradient of 11%.

Tom Simpson in 1770 meters

About midway up Mont Ventoux is overgrown. In addition, there is nothing but rocks and loose stones, almost lunar landscape. Due to the lack of vegetation, wind free rein. The present mistral it can reach wind speeds of up to 300 kilometres an hour. In the summer the sun shine sparkling hard on the head. A recipe for a serious climb says. For some overweight people, as evidenced by the deceased Briton Tom Simpson on July 13 1967 in the thirteenth stage of the Tour de France. Simpson was a team mate of Eddy Merckx. According to the Belgian britten was poorly prepared, started the Tour de France and a combination of dehydration, alcohol and drugs become fatal. CPR in vain. At an altitude of 1770, the site of his death, now stands a memorial stone.
On 13 July 2000, exactly 33 years after the death of her father, was Joanne Simpson, the then 37-year-old daughter of Tom, back on Mont Ventoux. Back, since 1997 she was wondering where her father had failed: Joanne Simpson climbed Mont Ventoux by bicycle. Greg LeMond looked on 13 July 2000, the duel between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani near the finish line at the top of the Mont Ventoux. On this occasion, he said that the store it resembled an Eagles in the LP. “This could be heaven and this could be hell” Le Monds began the free translation of the phrase from the title song Hotel California.

Mont Ventoux in Tour de France

In total, the Mont Ventoux done 14 times in the Tour de France, of which eight times after treatment site. The mountain has had an illustrious history. Lance Armstrong described aptly the ascent of Mont Ventoux, “Nineteen hundred meters up there is completely different from 1,900 metres elsewhere there is no air, there is no oxygen there is no vegetation, there is no life, just Rocks All others climb … There is vegetation, grass and trees. Not there on the Ventoux. It’s more like the Moon than a mountain. ”
A climb like L’Alpe d’Huez has a height of 1.061 m and an average gradient of 7.9%, but a length of 13.8 kilometers. At La Plagne is the bridge height 1419 metres at an average gradient of 7.1%.
The Mont Ventoux at the ending point
Time of Charly Gaul in 1958 was true 41 years as the fastest time for the ascent of Mont Ventoux. A trial, of course, is not to be compared with a usual scene when you already have a mileage in his legs.The Luxemburgish rider did there at the time of one hour, two minutes and nine seconds. And to think that the road surface was of inferior quality and the bike heavier.
There have been six passages at the top of the Mont Ventoux
Remarkably, the winner of the Tour de France in 1950 and was runner-up in 1954, the Swiss Ferdinand “Ferdi” Kübler, in stage of 1955 no less than 11 minutes lost on stage winner Bobet in the last four kilometers to the top of Mont Ventoux. Kübler, however, and would be first up. The Swiss was in fact a great crash came in 1952 with the ascent of Mont Ventoux. In 1955, he had built up with Italian Raphaël Geminiani 1.15 minutes before a group of Louison Bobet. Just four kilometres from the Summit Kübler received a serious setback for election. who remember the images of Tom Simpson, in the same way the Swiss went winding road. Three times he came to fall, one after another rider passed him. Kübler But it took the top, but at the finish line in Avignon where the gap with Louison Bobet had risen to about 26 minutes. The next day, Kübler was also shown not at startup. Bobet is explained in the 11th stage of the Foundation for the final victory and won the 1955 for the third year running, the Tour de France.

Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani

Lance Armstrong had a chance in the Tour de France in 2000 to win the stage to Mont Ventoux, exactly 33 years after the death of Tom Simpson. Lance Armstrong drop ability. Was the “inexperience” of the unwritten rule in cycling that the leader of the general classification leaves the stage victory fellow escapee? Armstrong was in the twelfth stage, already settled in the yellow Jersey. Pantani had his year, but fell halfway through Mont Ventoux. Lance Armstrong went after him and searched for Pantani crossed. He made a gesture that Pantani could follow, although the Italian lost regular wheel of the yellow Jersey. It was clear that Armstrong gave away the scene, but denied that Pantani. Later, the American said he had been incredibly sad.
Eddy Merckx, who won the stage in 1970, stated that he never had a stage victory on Mont Ventoux would let go. Perhaps a common scene, but not the Mont Ventoux. At most, a teammate, but not to any other rider. The nickname of Eddy Merckx was therefore not for nothing “Cannibal.”
Subsequent Armstrong no longer a step to Mont Ventoux in it to win. In the 2002 Tour de France was again a finish on Mont Ventoux. In the fourteenth stage had the French Mountain King Richard Virenque for high lead to the foot of Bald Mountain, about 7 minutes. Nearly cripples the Frenchman went up. The Russian Botcharov leaned back again. With the same recipe as the earlier Armstrong jumped away again.While the order backlog was reduced to 2.02 minutes, but it was not enough for a victory. Once again frustrated he said: “. We’ll come back, I’m sure “But cycling experts say that you cannot force your will on the Mont Ventoux.
But even in the Critérium du Dauphiné Libere knew Lance Armstrong never to conquer Mont Ventoux to win.When you are prompted by an English fellow Twitterer when Armstrong announced his comeback in 2008, “where can we admire you again?” Armstrong’s response was succinct: “Ventoux.” The American living in personal combat, and apparently still knows that he’s the Mont Ventoux has something to correct. But in the 2009 Tour de France, Lance Armstrong’s was not successful there. The American and his Astana teammates did everything in his power to secure his podium place. The Schleck brothers they tried to remove namely Bradley Wiggins and also lie in wait. Lance Armstrong came in fifth meet behind the yellow Jersey and teammate Alberto Contador. Because of the many spectators along the 20-kilometre ascent was influenced by the wind, somewhat less than in previous years. According to estimates, there are about half a million people along the way. Many had that night in their motorhomes, caravans and tents.

Critérium du Dauphiné Libere

After World War II, in 1947, Southern French newspaper Le Dauphine Libere, for the first time this multi-day bicycle races. The newspaper Le Dauphine Libere, which was founded by French resistance fighters, first appeared on 7 september 1945. A typical game of have a prologue, two flat stages, a time trial and three mountain stages. Therefore, it provides an excellent preparation for the Tour de France a month later. Many winners of the Tour de France also won the Criterium du Dauphiné Libere. It is certainly the case for all riders who triumphed at least five times in the Tour de France. The round will take place in the first half of June. There is usually also the Mont Ventoux on the program.
In 2004, there was an individual time trial over 21.6 km from Bédoin Le Mont Ventoux. IBAN Mayo realized the fastest time ever put down. For this, the American Jonathan Vaughters held the record in hand. He continued in the third stage, a time trial of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libere in 1999, a time of 56 minutes and 50.9 seconds. This time is shifted to the third fastest time ever. Also in 2000, moreover, Vaughters won the stage to the Mont Ventoux.
Trial 10 jun 2004
During the time trial of the 1987 Tour de France Jean-François Bernard 57.2 took minutes to climb, but it was 15 kilometers longer than the Critérium du Dauphiné Libere. After this attempt, Bernard could one day make the yellow Jersey, and Stephen Roche caught him.

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