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Up and Down the Ventoux x2
Climbing Mont Ventoux twice rather than once is one of the great attractions of this year’s Tour de France. Before reaching the iconic mountain, we mustn’t overlook the Col de la Liguière, above Apt, a Cat. 1 pass that will cause an initial selection, even though its summit is more than 100 kilometers from the finish. The first Ventoux ascent is via Sault on the Giant of Provence’s “easiest” side. The second ascent is from its most renowned flank via Bédoin. Being an excellent climber won’t be enough, though. The region’s infamous summer heat could exact a powerful toll on this near-six-hour stage, while after again reaching the Ventoux’s almost 2,000-meter (6,000-foot) summit, the riders re-negotiate the super-fast 20-kilometer drop into Malaucène. It’s a finish similar to the one down the steep side of the Aubisque that earned Roglič a solo stage win at the 2018 Tour.
After a 20km descent, at the end of a 130m straight on the 16.2 feet wide Cours des Isnards.