General Classification (GC): Col de l’Iseran
Date: Sunday, 28 July 2013
Distance: 135km (GC 56km)
Finish: Col de l’Iseran
The second stage of the Trois Etapes race will take cyclists along the striking Col de L’Iseran, the highest paved mountain pass in the Alps. First constructed between the first and second world wars, the winding path took 34 years to complete, ultimately joining the Maurienne and Iseran valley systems.
The Walking With The Wounded Trois Etapes team will roll out from race HQ with their team car and assemble in Modane (12km) for the start of the General Classification (GC). Teams will be again launched in reverse order dependent on the team’s cumulative position after the prologue and after Etape 1.
The cyclists will then embark on a 56km timed section which includes two long plateaux. The 56km timed section includes two long plateaus and the climb to the top of Col de L’Iseran, which peaks at 2,770 m. Cyclists will tackle the ride at a 4.1% average gradient, but the slope can reach 12% at the toughest parts. After summiting the Iseran, each team will return in their own time to race HQ via the eastern side of the valley.
A maximum of 30 points are available per team on Etape 2, and the clock will stop when the sixth member of the team (amateurs or pro), summits the Col de l’Iseran.
As the Queen Stage of the event, the fastest team on Stage 2 will be awarded 30 points, the second fastest 27 points, the third fastest 24 points and so on to the tenth fastest team, which will be awarded 3 points.
When wintry snows make the peak’s roads inaccessible, the area forms part of the Espace Killy ski area, which services the Tignes and Val-d’Isère resorts. In summertime, travellers, motorcyclists, campers — and of course, cyclists —take to the pass to enjoy the dazzling mountain scenery.
Please click here to support the Walking With The Wounded team.