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Recommended Race: L’etape du tour

July 31, 2009

L’Étape du Tour (French for ‘stage of the Tour‘) is an organised mass participation cyclosportive event that allows amateur cyclists to race over the same route as a Tour de France stage. First held in 1993, and now organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation, ASO (in conjunction with Vélo Magazine), it takes place each July, normally on a Tour rest day.

(Mont Ventoux)

(Col du Tourmalet)

L’Étape du Tour is normally held over mountain roads in either the Pyrenees or French Alps, up climbs such as the Col du Galibier, Col d’Aubisque, Mont Ventoux or the Col du Tourmalet. Around 8,500 riders participate – many travelling from other countries in order to compete – and the event takes place on roads closed by the police to other traffic, with refreshment stops and medical support provided along the route* (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

If you wish to register for next year’s race, please visit: http://www.letapedutour.com/

You will find below the stage from 2009:

L'etape du tour - Mont Ventoux

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