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Le Tour 2001

89th Tour de France - Grand Tour

France, July 6-28, 2002

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Stage 16 - Wednesday July 24: Les Deux Alpes - La Plagne, 179.5 km

By Tim Maloney, European editor

Stage 16 is a bit shorter than the previous day's stage, but it includes more climbing, with three classic hors categorie Alpine ascents on the carte du jour. Departing Les Deux-Alpes at 11:30, the stage climbs the south face of the relentless hors categorie Col du Galibier (33.7 km/4.7%) via the Col du Lauteret, where the Souvenir Henri Desgranges (highest point in the TDF 2645m.) awaits. Stage 16 then makes the 60 km descent to the Maurienne valley, where the harder south face climb up the Col de la Madeleine (19.3 km/7.9%) awaits the Tour peloton. After the summit of the hors categorie Madeleine, there is another long descent to Bellcombe, then through Aime' and up the tough final ascent to La Plagne (17.3 km/7.0%), where Swiss rider Alex Zülle won in 1995.


km    Location
0     Les Deux-Alpes                                          Start
34    Col Du Galibier                          Hors Categorie climb
112   Col De La Madeleine                      Hors Categorie climb
179.5 La Plagne                            Hors Cat. climb & Finish

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