Alpe d'Huez (TdF)

Le Bourg-d'Oisans, France

The Alpe d'Huez (TdF) is a col with a length of 13.8 kilometer. This is a highest category (HC) col. It is located in Le Bourg-d'Oisans, Rhône-Alpes, France. The average grade of this col is 7.9% with a maximum of 10%. The Alpe d'Huez (TdF) ascents from 754 meter at the start, to 1.850 meter at the top, with a total of 1.096 ascending meters.


Alpe d'Huez (TdF) Profile


Distance 13.8 km
Elevation gain 1096 m
Average grade 7.9 %
Maximum grade 10 %
Climb category HC
Minimum elevation 754 m
Maximum elevation 1850 m

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Official route of the Tour du France.

L'Alpe d'Huez is climbed regularly in the Tour de France. It was first included in the race in 1952. That first Alpe d'Huez stage was won by Fausto Coppi. Coppi attacked 6 kilometres from the summit to rid himself of the French rider Jean Robic. He turned the Alpe into an instant legend because this was the year that motorcycle television crews first came to the Tour. It was also the Tour's first mountain-top finish.
The hairpin bends are named after the winners of stages. All hairpins had been named by the 22nd climb in 2001 so naming restarted at the bottom with Lance Armstrong's name added to Coppi's.

Other cycle races and events
The peak is also finish of La Marmotte, a one-day, 175 km ride with 5,000 m of climbing.

Alpe d'HuZes 2006 - 2018
Alpe d'HuZes is a Dutch fundraising event in which people climb, either by bike or on foot, one of the main Tour de France mountains, the Alpe d'Huez, for a maximum of six times in succession under the motto "Never, ever quit!". The name, Alpe d'HuZes, is a combination of the name of the mountain and the word 'zes', which means 'six' in Dutch. The aim of the event is to raise money for research into cancer. Alpe d'HuZes adheres to a strict no-overhead policy: the event runs on volunteers and all costs are borne by the participants themselves. In other words, each euro donated will be one euro donated to the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF) / Alpe d'HuZes fund.

- Tour de France 1952 - Stage 10
- Tour de France 2001 - Stage 10
- Tour de France 2003 - Stage 8
- Tour de France 2018 - Stage 12