ETAPE DU TOUR 2011

 

MODANE to ALPE D’HUEZ

 

Picture (Device Independent Bitmap) Picture (Device Independent Bitmap) It is a dramatic High Alpine Stage, attacking two of the Tour de France’s greatest climbs – Col de Galibier and Alpe d’Huez

 

Starting at Modane, the route descends to the foot of Telegraph. It then climbs 1000 metres of around 7% to Col de Telegraph, then descending a little to the pleasant riverside village of Valoire. It then climbs another 1000 metres to the bare mountain top of Galibier.

 

Then begins about the most spectacular descents in any Etape, first zig zagging down the face of Galibier,

 

 

to Lautaret,

 

 

then down the valley decorated with waterfalls, past the great reservoir near the foot of Deux Alpes,

 

 

then speeding downwards to reach Bourg d’Oisans, at the foot of Alpe d’Huez.

 

 

Then the classic climb begins – its succession of hairpin bends climbing over 1000 metres up Alpe d’Huez – probably the most famous climb in the history of the Tour de France