Bicycling Magazine Tour de France 2009: Stage 20 

July 25th: Montélimar to Mont Ventoux, 169km


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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 2 Jun 2009 6:05:40 PM
Activity: Bicycling
State: France (FRA)
Distance: 106.54 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 22031 ft
Total Loss: 16234 ft
Net Change: 5797 ft
Difficulty: 10 / 10
Tags: France, Tour de France 2009
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Do. Not. Miss. Stage 20. Mont Ventoux hasn’t been featured since 2002, and the Tour’s most feared climb has never loomed this close to the finish. Although they face no other climbs on the stage, riders will tackle the Ventoux from the south—its most difficult approach. The long, sustained 9 percent pitches (plus several shorter ramps past 10) are plenty tough; Ventoux’s rocky, treeless landscape adds to the eerie feel. Some riders say it’s like racing on the moon: There’s no air.

Betting Line: All bets are off; anything can happen here. In 2002, the day’s top 10 riders spread over four minutes between them and Armstrong almost doubled his lead on Joseba Beloki. There are no tomorrows, no next chances. Anyone who wants to win the Tour must go here, and now.

*Highest wind speed ever recorded at the summit: 199 mph

Note: Stage route, exact start/finish, and sprints/climbs have been approximated from information provided by LeTour.com. Actual stage may vary slightly.

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Tour de France 2009: Stage 20

Distance: 106.54 mi Points: 2430
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest

Start: Montélimar

Location: 44.559653, 4.746780

Cat 3 Climb: Côte de Citelle

Location: 44.480708, 4.903593
5.2km (3.2 mi) at a 3.9% grade

Sprint Point: Les Pilles

Location: 44.379729, 5.191083

Cat 3 Climb: Col d'Ey

Location: 44.312641, 5.277515
6.7km (4.2 mi) at a 4.8% grade.

Cat 4 Climb: Col de Fontaube

Location: 44.208358, 5.312834
4.7km (2.9 mi) at a 4.2% grade.

Cat 3 Climb: Col des Abeilles

Location: 44.093133, 5.329485
7.7km (4.8 mi) at a 4% grade.

Sprint Point: Mormoiron

Location: 44.067052, 5.182972

Finish: Mont Ventoux (HC Climb)

Location: 44.174171, 5.276828
21.1km (13.1 mi) at a 7.6% grade.


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