Tour de France 2018 stage 12 mountain passes: Alpe d’Huez

Tour de France 2018 stage 12 mountain passes: Alpe d'Huez

L’Alpe d’Huez is a ski resort at 1,250 to 3,330 metres (4,100 to 10,930 feet). It is a mountain pasture in the Central French Western Alps, in the commune of Huez.

The climb to the Alpe d’Huez ski resort finishes at the elevation of 1,838 meters. The climb, which is famous with its 21 hairpin bends, was first included in Tour de France in 1952, as the first ever mountaintop finish of the Tour, and Fausto Coppi won. Jean Robic attacked at the start of the climb and only Fausto Coppi could stay with him. The two climbed together until Coppi attacked at bend five, four kilometres (2.5 miles) from the top. He won the stage, the yellow jersey and the Tour. He also turned the Alpe into an instant legend because this was the year that motorcycle television crews first came to the Tour.

The hairpin bends of Alpe d’Huez are named after the winners of stages. All hairpins had been named by the 22nd climb in 2001 so naming restarted at the bottom with Lance Armstrong’s name added to Coppi’s.

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