Tour de France 2013: l’Alpe d’Huez

L’Alpe d’Huez is the most iconic climb of the Tour de France and today, for the first time in 100 editions of the race, the riders will climb it twice in one day.

What awaits them? Just 13.8km of climbing at an average gradient of 8.1 per cent, and, of course, the legendary 21 hairpin bends.

Fausto Coppi, Il Campionissimo, one of the greatest riders in the history of the sport, won on the climb’s first appearance in the Tour in 1952.

This year’s elite – Froome, Contador, Quintana et al – would love to claim victory on the first ‘double d’Huez’ of La Grande Boucle.

Here’s the latest infographic from our partners at

Tour de France 2013: week two in numbers

The middle week of the Tour de France – stages ten to 15 – saw Chris Froome (Team Sky) dominate the general classification in his bid to become the second successive Briton to win cycling’s greatest race.

An incident-packed week also saw Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) bounce back to record his second victory of the 2013 race and 25th Tour stage win in total to move the Manx Missile up to joint third in the all-time list and becomes the new title holder of “most road stage wins in the tour throughout Tour de France history” [all the other greats have bumped up their totals with time trials].

Meanwhile, Cavendish’s team-mate, Tony Martin, won the individual time trial on stage 11 at an astonishing average speed of 54.271km/h. That’s just one of the stats plucked from our latest infographic provided by Cycling Shorts partners RoadCyclingUK – week two in numbers.

Tour de France - Week 2 in Numbers

Tour de France 2013: Lotto Belisol’s team behind the team

Today’s Tour infographic provided by our friends at RoadCyclingUK looks at Andre Greipel’s Lotto Belisol sprint train, it’s one of the most efficient in the business.

Here’s an illustrated breakdown of the power behind Greipel’s throne: the staff behind the German national champion and the brave team-mates who deliver ‘the Gorilla’ to the line.

Lotto Belisol's Tour de France Support Team

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