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July 13, 2003

Tour Today: Sallanches - L'Alpe d'Huez

Not much needs to be said beyond L'Alpe d'Huez, but here goes:

Today's not the longest stage of the Tour, but it's probably the hardest, with two haute categorie (beyond categorization) climbs: Col du Galibier, and Alpe d'Huez. Galibier is combined with the Col du Telegraphe to make for a 35-km climb with a brief respite after topping Telegraphe.

After Galibier, there's a 40-km descent, and then the 13.8-km climb through the 21 switchbacks of L'Alpe d'Huez.

The peloton is now at 187 riders, and there may be a few more who don't start this morning. If so, the Tour web site will list them as N.P. or Non Partant soon after the stage starts.

Unfortunately, in the US, the good Outdoor Life Network coverage will be replaced by awful CBS coverage. I believe the live radio feed at the Tour site will be working, and recommend it over the CBS coverage, which will likely be a review of the Tour so far and 10-15 minutes of highlights from today's stage.

VeloNews | Stage 8 Profile

Posted by Frank Steele on July 13, 2003 | Permalink

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