Each year at the Tour de France, the peloton has to climb several large mountains. Two of the legendary mountains are the Alpe d’Huez and the Mont Ventoux. However, in next year’s route, neither mountains are included. But that doesn’t mean they won’t turn up in other races. For example, on the 17th of June the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge will occur: a one-day race that ends on the legendary Mont Ventoux.
The Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge
The Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge takes place the Monday after the Criterium du Dauphiné. The organisers hope that the big names signed up for that event will stick around for this race. The new race is not part of the UCI World Tour, so it’s unclear who will participate. However, it is part of the UCI Europe Tour calendar. And if we look at the planned route for the new race, it could become quite a spectacle.
The race starts in Vaison-la-Romaine and is 185km long. The route starts by going over the Col des Aires and the Col de l’Homme Mort. After the second mountain, riders will race 105km before arriving at the foot of the Mont Ventoux. Then riders must climb 21km to the top, which has an average gradient of 8.7%.
In total, these competitors must climb 4400m, making it a race for the real climbers. The last time Mont Ventoux was included in the Tour de France, Thomas de Gendt won the race. The event was shortened that year because of strong winds. And you might also remember that stage because of the accident where Chris Froome, wearing his yellow jersey, was hit by a motorcycle and started running up the mountain.