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2011 Tour de France, Part 2 - The Big Picture - Boston.com

A small group of riders climbs on the Col du Galibier during stage 18 on July

Tour de France. L'Alpe d'Huez

L'Alpe d'Huez should be on any cyclists list of dream destinations. Even to simply watch the tour, but to say you climbed it also is worth the effort. A chance to join a select cadre of athletes.

Thomas Voeckler, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides Izoard pass during the 18th stage on July 21, 2011. (Christophe Ena/AP)

2011 Tour de France, Part 2

Thomas Voeckler, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides Izoard pass during the stage on July (Christophe Ena/AP)

Col de la Croix de Fer, eindeloos lang, maar op de top zwaar en mooi.

Col de la Croix de Fer, eindeloos lang, maar op de top zwaar en mooi.

Tour de France! Mountain stage.

Best to go see a mountain stage on a climb. You know, so it's more than just a nanosecond as they zoooom past?

The peloton rides past the rocky tidal island of Mont Saint-Michel in the 226.5 km sixth stage of the 2011 Tour de France cycling race run between Dinan and Lisieux in northwestern France on July 7, 2011.

2011 Tour de France, Part 1

Tour de France, 2011 / The peloton rides past the rocky tidal island of Mont Saint-Michel in the km sixth stage of the 2011 Tour de France cycling race run between Dinan and Lisieux in northwestern France on July (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)

Tour de France in the Alps - Col du Galibier, Savoie/Hautes-Alpes, France

I understand it was another thrilling stage today and the weather forecast took a turn for the better.

Tour De France 2012 - Stage 2 - Cote de la Citadelle de Namur

The peloton climbs towards the Citadel in Namur during the second stage on July

Alpe d'Huez - Tour De France - The climb is 13.8 km at an average 7.9 percent, with 21 hairpins named after the winners of stages there. Alpe d'Huez is the "Dutch Mountain", a Dutchman having won eight of the first 14 finishes.

Alpe d'Huez - Tour De France - The climb is km at an average percent, with 21 hairpins named after the winners of stages there. Alpe d'Huez is the "Dutch Mountain", a Dutchman having won eight of the first 14 finishes.

by Jered Gruber

“You know you’ve found a special spot on a ride when you swear it doesn’t look real”.

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