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)
The Stage in 2009
2009 — Saturday 25 July - Montélimar / Mont Ventoux (173 km)
For 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.