For many cycling fans the ultimate ride. Arrival at the mountain Alpe d’Huez?? which has an altitude of 1860 m. A scene that appeals to the imagination, the great abandon this day and the last first, just go across the finish line, making history for himself and grows into a cycling legend.
The Dutch mountains
Although there are some of the last few years, no Dutch victory, but Alpe d’Huez?? seen as the Dutch mountain. The tour ended 23 times on the top of Alpe d’Huez??, which won eight times a smock mill. Namely, Hennie Kuiper, Joop Zoetemelk, Peter Winnen, Steven Rooks and Gert-Jan Theunisse in 1989, finally, which was more than 100 km over three mountains, just cross the finish line. Due to the tremendous appeal of the mountain is always full of supporters. Every year there are 300,000 people, one-third of which are Dutch. This makes it sometimes seems an impossible task for the driver to find a passage between the procession of people. In 1999, the final stage winner Giuseppe Guerini who made a head-on collision with a photographer’s internal assessment of the situation totally wrong. This took almost Guerini victory.
The first victory
The mountain was climbed for the first time in 1952 and then was won by Fausto Coppi. The arrival was at the village of Huez somewhere halfway through the climb. Coppi was the first legend, written by destroying his competition on the slopes.
The first Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk in 1976, which, together with the Belgian Lucien van Impe fought for the final victory. It was a Zoetemelk that eventually won the Sprint at the Summit. A year later, it was Van Impe took again the lead, but he forgot to eat and it was Hennie Kuiper won. In 78?? won the Belgian Michel Pollentier and decided the yellow Jersey. But he later was caught for doping after the final victory went to number two Bert cooper.
In 1979, there were even two days, climbed up to the top, to pick up the second day Zoetemelk knew his other Alpe d’Huez?? victory. Peter Winnen won the stage in?? 85 and?? 87. In 1987, he was knocked out by Frenchman Jean-René Bernaudeau. This cost at the end of the journey a whole lot of his lead but Peter managed to get a good final sprint.
In 1988 won the Steven Rooks. It was his team-mate Theunisse to competitor Fabio Parra kept the whole attraction of the holes. However, the other site, and a good final classification Theunisse taken because he was caught doping. Theunisse was provoked, he still maintained his innocence. A year later, he was therefore looking for revenge. He won the polka dot jersey and wiped his own way all on the journey to Alpe d’Huez??.
Marco Pantani won the stage in 1995 and won the 1997 in the fastest time: 37.15 minutes. Alpe d’Huez is?? a massive drive that will continue to fascinate bike fan forever. What will bring us the scene in years …
During the tour, 2008, Carlos Sastre tour on Alpe d’Huez. He escaped in the initial part and also the hardest part. Initially seemed Denis Menchov could follow, but had to pay for it heavily. Sastre rode solo from that point upward and thus was the strongest.