History of the Tour de France in Vaucluse

Started in 1903, the Tour de France followed a route that followed the borders of the “hexagon” for several years. Not until 1951 did the “Grand Boucle” (the “great loop”) penetrate inland and pass for the first time along the roads of Mont Ventoux.

This legendary stage is now one of the most feared but also one of the most desired, because the conquest of the Ventoux summit means a name forever in the great history of the Tour de France.

Select the dates of the Tour de France to find out the history:
The 2000s (2000 - 2002 - 2009)
The 70s to the 90s (1970 - 1972 - 1974 - 1987 - 1994)
The 50s and 60s (1951 - 1952 - 1955 - 1958 - 1965 - 1967)



2000 and 2002

2000 - Thursday 13 July - Carpentras / Mont Ventoux (149 km)


The 300,000 spectators lining both sides of the road witnessed a remarkable ascent by the two most recent winners of the Tour, Marco Pantani (1998) and Lance Armstrong (1999), riding elbow-to-elbow. After several attempts, Marco Pantani attempts a final break less than 4 km from the summit. He seems to have finally ridden clear of the American. However, Armstrong makes a furious comeback and catches up his transalpine rival. On the Col des Tempêtes, Pantani appears exhausted but Armstrong, paradoxically, seems not to want to leave him behind. The Texan rider rounds the last bend in the lead, effortlessly, then sits back on his saddle and lets Pantani win the stage. Armstrong wins his 2nd Tour de France a few days later.


2002- Sunday 21 July - Lodève / Mont Ventoux (221 km)

Le Tour en 2002



This 14th stage was full of suspense. After a group breakaway over 200 km, Richard Virenque pulls ahead alone to the summit of Mont Ventoux, beating Alexandre Botcharov, who finishes the stage 2nd 1 min 58 sec later, and Lance Armstrong, who finishes 3rd 2 min 20 sec later and who nevertheless consolidates his hold on the yellow jersey.






The Stage in 2009

2009 — Saturday 25 July - Montélimar / Mont Ventoux (173 km)


Le Tour de France in 2009For the 2009 Tour de France, the great surprise was the Mont-Ventoux stage, the penultimate stage of la Grande Boucle in which the suspense of the race was at its highest. The peloton left Montélimar on Saturday 25 July for a 167-km stage during which anything could still have happened to upset the order. However, not until the foot of Mont-Ventoux did the competition fire up. Despite the repeated efforts of the Schleck brothers, only two riders resisted the Maillot Jaune group: Tony Martin and Juan Manuel Garate. It was at the summit of Ventoux, during an almost neck-and-neck sprint between the two men, that Garate was able to assume the advantage and won the stage. He thus found his place in the legend of Ventoux, becoming the first Spaniard to overcome the Giant of Provence.


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