Tour de France 2016: Mont Ventoux stage

Update : Due to extremely windy conditions, the arrival took place at the Chalet Reynard instead of the summit. Thomas De Gendt placed first.

On 14. July 2016, the Tour de France once again came to Vaucluse. The Tour de France will come back to the legendary ascent of Mont Ventoux. Here are further details on the route that the cyclists took.

Schedules

 

Departure: Montpellier

The cyclists departure is scheduled at 11:55.

Cyclists should arrive in Vaucluse from 15:00.

 

Vaucluse route:

 

D938 Cavaillon (D938-VC-D2) caravan - 13:21 / cyclists - 15:04

D2 Les Taillades caravan - 13:28 / cyclists - 15:11

Robion caravan - 13:31 / cyclists - 15:13

Coustellet caravan - 13:37 / cyclists - 15:19

Les Imberts caravan - 13:42 / cyclists - 15:23

Gordes (D15-D177) caravan - 13:48 / cyclists - 15:29

Côte de Gordes caravan - 13:53 / cyclists - 15:33

Abbaye de Sénanque caravan - 13:55 / cyclists - 15:35

Col des Trois Termes caravan - 13:59 / cyclists - 15:38

Carrefour D177-D4 caravan - 14:06 / cyclists - 15:45

Le Colombier (Venasque) caravan - 14:12 / cyclists - 15:51

Malemart-du-Comtat caravan - 14:17 / cyclists - 15:55

Mazan (D150-D942-D163) caravan - 14:24 / cyclists - 16:01

Crillon-le-Brave caravan - 14:34 / cyclists - 16:10

Bedoin caravan - 14:40 / cyclists - 16:16

Sainte-Colombe caravan - 14:48 / cyclists - 16:23

Les Bruns caravan - 14:49 / cyclists - 16:24

Saint-Estève caravan - 14:50 / cyclists - 16:25

Chalet Reynard caravan - 15:19 / cyclists - 16:49

 

MONT VENTOUX (1 912 m) caravan - 15:38 / cyclists - 17:05

 

 

 

The difficulties of the Mont Ventoux ascent

After entering Vaucluse, the Tour passes through Malaucène and on to Bedoin before the ascent of Mont Ventoux by the southern slopes. The climb lasts for 20.8 km with a gradient of 7.5%, that is, a total altitude change of 1610 metres.

 

 

From Bedoin, the ascent starts to rise gently alongside the vineyards. The cyclists will pass through the small hamlets of Baux, Saint Colombe and Les Bruns, which take them to the famous "turn" at Saint-Estève (km 5.7) from which point the difficulties increase.

The riders rise for the next 9.5 km, over a mean gradient of 9%. The road disappears into the forest, providing a measure of freshness. On this part of the rise, the cyclists must concentrate their physical efforts: the ascent towards the top, with the alternating bends and long straight lines, subject their bodies to a severe test indeed.
After Chalet Reynard (15.2 km - altitude 1417 m), the landscape changes; the vegetation disappears suddenly and the Tour enters the final and most dramatic stage of the ascent, with the road climbing through sun-bleached rock. Here, the competitors’ main enemies are heat and wind. On the same level is the observation post, which seems close enough to touch, but there is another 6 km still to go!
The summit is now very close: a last straight line at 10%, then a final turn and the ascent ends with a panoramic view on the magnificent hills of Provence.