The Etape stage is chosen…its coming our way. La Madelene will host a cycling party via specialists cyclomundo who will take part in the Montelimar-Ventoux stage on the 20th July next year…full details:
L’ETAPE DU TOUR 2009
Monday 20th July
Montelimar to Mont Ventoux, 172km
“Ride a classic mountain stage of the Tour de France”
Last visited in 2000, the Etape du Tour will return to the Mythical Mont Ventoux in 2009 on Monday July 20th, and will follow the exact route of stage 20 of the 2009 Tour de France.
This will be the 17th edition of the famous Etape du Tour, the stage of the Tour de France that the public can ride, and over the years, we have seen many famous stages replicated but only few live up to the sensations of climbing and finishing on top of Mont Ventoux.
Mont Ventoux “The Giant of Provence” is seldom visited by the Tour de France and when it is everyone hopes it will be the stage chosen for L’Etape du Tour. Well, in 2009 your wishes have been granted….
This will be an extremely popular Etape du Tour that appeals to all cyclists. The route is challenging enough for the hardened cyclo sportive rider yet within the capabilities and a huge achievement for the Etape virgins.
The stage route starts from the city of Montelimar, on the Rhone valley and features four smaller climbs (3rd & 2nd category climbs (Côte de Citelle 19km, Col d’Eye 70km, the Col de Fontaube 92km, and the Col de Notre-Dame des Abeilles 126km) before a long descent to Bedoin and the 21.5km climb to Mont Ventoux.
Route details19km Côte de Citelle 5.2km at 3.9% (3rd Category)70km Col d’Eye 6.3km at 5% (2nd Category)92km Col de Fontaube 4.7km at 4.3% (3rd Category)126km Col de Notre-Dame des Abeilles 7.8km at 4% (2nd Category)172km Mont Ventoux 21.2km at 7.6%
The start in Montelimar is only 70km from the base of Mont Ventoux and therefore makes it possible to offer fixed centre location packages.