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Last night stage 15 of le Tour de France finished up on l’Alpe d’Huez, fantastic racing and amazing scenery as always. I did think that with the camera cutting back and forth you just couldn’t get much of an idea of how steep that mountain really is.

From the http://www.cyclingnews.com/ special page on l’Alpe d’Huez: Unofficially, the top twelve times are as follows:

  1. Marco Pantani (1995) 36’ 50
  2. Marco Pantani (1997) 36’ 55
  3. Marco Pantani (1994) 37’ 15
  4. Lance Armstrong (2004) 37’ 36
  5. Jan Ullrich (1997) 37’ 40
  6. Lance Armstrong (2001) 38’ 05
  7. Miguel Indurain (1995) 38’ 10
  8. Alex Zülle (1995) 38’ 10
  9. Bjarne Riis (1995) 38’ 15
  10. Richard Virenque (1997) 38’ 20
  11. Iban Mayo (2003) 39’ 06
  12. Giuseppe Guerini (1999) 41’ 52

… and from , the very non-competitive time:

  1. Adrian Tritschler (2001) 74’

OK, OK, so there’s probably a lot of other times between numbers 12 and 13! Oh, and I hadn’t ridden 150km at a race pace before hand, nor was I two weeks into a three week race, and I stopped at the main square in l’Alpe!