Mark Beaumont can be seen discussing the world-renowned Alpe d’Huez. This is the stage which Trois Etapes Lead Pro Rider, Carlos Sastre, secured the 2008 Tour de France crown and always proves to be a gruelling up-hill battle.
The “relentless” gradient and the “baking hot” 30° heat were not made easier by the notorious 21 corners which lead to Alpe d’Huez.
Mark spoke to us at Walking With The Wounded HQ and said, “that Alpe d’Huez climb felt never-ending and the thighs were really burning. It was a sterling effort from all the boys and it was genuinely a collective effort – a perfect of example of team cycling. Everyone dug in and battled their own personal fatigue but had a extra few per cent to be able to encourage team mates. It was a fantastic feeling to reach the top of Alpe d’Huez, which is renowned as a really tough Alpine section”.
An overview of Stage 2 can be seen by clicking here and it is with great delight that, after completing the day’s cycling at Alpe d’Huez, we can announce our team sits in overall 5th place, neatly positioned for a final stage push.