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Le Tour de France Stage 18

18. July 2013 - 5 years, 8 months and 8 days ago

Stage 18 of the 100th Tour de France was a monumental day in cycling history. The 172.5km race began in Gap and finished on the mountain top, Alpe d'Huez. It was the 28th time the Tour de France has featured this notorious HC ascent, but the the first time ever that riders were challenged to climb the 13.8km, 8.1% grade, twice! After the first summit the course followed a technical descent back to the base and looped again up the 21 hairpin turns for a second time with a cool, stormy finish line waiting among the clouds. The unforgettable day was also marked by France earning their first stage victory of the Tour with Christophe Riblon of Ag2r La Mondiale. Riblon won the stage ahead of Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) and Moreno Moser (Cannondale Pro Cycling) after attacking at the base of the second Alpe d'Huez climb.  SRM race files below include Cannondale Pro Cycling's Italian pro, Moreno Moser, who battled for third after taking the KoM on Alpe d'Huez 1 and leading the descent to round 2. The famous German powerhouse Jens Voigt, riding with RadioShack Leopard, also shared a race file from his day driving the breakaway. BMC Racing Team contributed SRM data from their UCI Road World Champion, Philippe Gilbert, for added perspective on the days performances.  

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Le Tour de France Stage 17

17. July 2013 - 5 years, 8 months and 8 days ago

Stage 17 in the Tour de France was a 32km Individual Time Trial set in the Alps. The start was on the shores of Lake Serre-Ponçon in Embrun featuring two long climbs with a challenging technical descent into Chorges. The stage winner, Christopher Froome, of Team Sky, completed the course in 51:33, followed by Alberto Contador nine seconds back. RadioShack Leopard's top finisher for today was Maxime Monfort in 12th followed by Andy Schleck, 15th. Maxime's SRM race file below illustrates the unique demands of a mountain TT and the superior level of fitness Pro Tour riders must achieve to finish the Tour de France.    

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Le Tour de France Stage 16

16. July 2013 - 5 years, 8 months and 9 days ago

Stage 16 of the Tour de France was set between the rest day and the mountain Time Trial. The 168km course ran from Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap featuring two early climbs, ending with the infamous Col de la Manse and the narrow, technical descent into Gap. Today's victory belonged to Movistar Team and their Portuguese pro, Rui Costa. The two-time Tour de Suisse winner made his move early on the final climb and held his lead with a skilled descent into the Gap finish. The SRM race file below is from Rui Costa at approximately 67kg. 

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Le Tour de France Stage 15

14. July 2013 - 5 years, 8 months and 11 days ago

Stage 15 of the Tour de France was 242.5km from Givors to the mountain top finish atop Mont Ventoux in the Provence region of southern France. The longest day in the 100th Tour de France ended with Christopher Froome (Sky) extending his lead with a thrilling stage win. Movistar Team's Nairo Quintana battled for a close second 29 seconds back. Two category 4 climbs in the first 30km set the stage for an early break in the day. RadioShack Leopard's Spanish pro, Markel Irizar, made the first group and spent the majority of the race out front in preparation for Andy Schlek's potential attack. Markel's SRM race file is a spectacular example of the power and endurance required for a rider at the Pro Tour level. 

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Le Tour de France Stage 14

14. July 2013 - 5 years, 8 months and 12 days ago

Stage 14 of the Tour de France rolled closer to the Alps today with a 191km course departing from Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule and finishing in the city of Lyon. In the final two kilometers it was Sojasun's Julien Simon in front racing for the year's first French rider win, but ultimately he was caught and Matteo Trentin (OPQS) took the stage victory.  Julien Simon's SRM race file below illustrates his efforts in today's stage. 

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