2013 edition of Tour de France official presentation will take place in Paris on October 24, Wednesday. But rumors and speculations already spread. Le Dauphine Libere, the French news outlet is reporting that the legendary Mont Ventoux and the Tour classic Alpe d’Huez will be included the 100th editions’ rote. And Alpe d’Huez not once, but twice!
As already reported, the 2013 Tour will take place on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. It will be the Tour’s first visit to the island since its inception in 1903. There will be three stages hosted by Corsica. Then the race will leave the island to a team time trial in Nice.
The legendary Mont Ventoux last appeared in Tour de France in 2009. Rabobank’s Spanish rider Juan Manuel Garate took the stage, while Alberto Contador of Astana clinching his overall lead.
Ventoux will be climbed at the beginning of the third week, according to the Le Dauphine Libere’s report.
Also according to the report, on July 18, there will be two ascents of L’Alpe d’Huez and the Tour will enter the “XXL mode”. The stage will start in Gap, the peloton will climb Alpe d’Huez, then will descend back down via the Col de Sarenne on soon to be asphalted roads. With another climb to L’Alpe d’Huez, the stage will finish with a real crescendo .
It is also believed that the penultimate stage will be an uphill time trial to Semnoz.