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Alpe d'Huez: Cycling's Greatest Climb By Peter Cossins,

  • Title: Alpe d'Huez: Cycling's Greatest Climb
  • Author: Peter Cossins
  • ISBN: 9781781314494
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • It has been called the Tour de France s Hollywood climb , and there is no doubt that Alpe d Huez has played a starring role in cycling s history since its first encounter with the sport back in 1952 when the legendary Fausto Coppi triumphed on the summit Re introduced to the Tour in 1976, Alpe d Huez has risen to mythical status, thanks initially to a string of victoriesIt has been called the Tour de France s Hollywood climb , and there is no doubt that Alpe d Huez has played a starring role in cycling s history since its first encounter with the sport back in 1952 when the legendary Fausto Coppi triumphed on the summit Re introduced to the Tour in 1976, Alpe d Huez has risen to mythical status, thanks initially to a string of victories by riders from Holland, whose exploits attracted tens of thousands of their compatriots to the climb, which has become known as Dutch mountain.
    Alpe d Huez Cycling s Greatest Climb It has been called the Tour de France s Hollywood climb and there is no doubt that Alpe d Huez has played a starring role in cycling s history since its first encounter with the sport back in w

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    1. This was much better than the little bit of Vespini s The Tour is Won on the Alpe I read Cossins uses the 1976 Tour s ascent of Alpe d Huez to begin each chapter, and then takes on topical approaches to exploring the climb and how it achieved its place in Tour history I also appreciated his counter argument to Vespini s claim that the Tour is won on the Alpe, as I had been contemplating writing such a critique myself.

    2. An entertaining book on cycling s greatest climb Cossins does a great job explaining why a climb that is comparatively unremarkable to other famous Tour de France has gained so much in importance and stature Many of the stages up Alpe D Huez are detailed across the chapters and are interspersed with bits of local history on the development of the resort and the surrounding area A feature I really enjoyed was the ongoing narrative of the epic battle between Joop Zoetemelk and Lucien Van Impe from [...]

    3. Each chapter of the book opens with a lengthy retelling of the 1976 Alpe d Huez stage when Van Impe took the jersey and Zoetemelk the stage in a 2 up sprint distancing Thevenet and dispossessing the jersey holder Martens The book discusses other years most noticeably a lengthy account by Andy Hampsten of his own win and interviews with Van Impe and a very sympathetic profile of Zotemelk , mixed with some history of the resort and of the ancient mining in the area it s geography including a descr [...]

    4. A great read about what must be THE mountain of the Tour de France Filled with colourful stories about how it came to be included in the Tour and with the chapters linked to each other by a blow by blow account of an epic battle to win on the summit

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