The 3 stages Haute Route Alpe d’Huez 2019
Leaving from the resort of Alpe d’Huez, the start of the first stage will take riders downhill into the Oisans Valley towards the Col de la Croix Fer. This demanding three-part ascent to 2058m will present the perfect introduction to the weekend before riders descend back into the valley, turn around and head straight back up to the summit to conquer both sides of this emblematic mountain in the space of the just a couple hours. To reach the finish line riders will then have to take on the ascent of Alpe d’Huez via Villard-Reculas, a longer but easier climb than the 21-bends. Riders taking part in the Compact will only ascend the Croix de Fer once on this stage, before climbing back to Alpe d’Huez via Villard Reculas.
Starting this time in the valley from the heart of Bourg d’Oisans, the second stage of the 2019 Haute Route Alpe d’Huez features an uncategorised climb to the town of La Garde before heading along the Balcon d’Auris towards the ascent of Les 2 Alpes. Returning to the valley after a brief visit to the resort of Les 2 Alpes, the peloton will ride across the Chambon Dam with its turquoise waters before taking on the challenging ascent to the Col de Sarenne. The first slopes of this climb are the toughest before reaching the town of Mizoën where the gradient becomes slightly shallower and the narrow mountain road winds its way across the front of the mountain to reach the summit at 1999m. Descending into the town of Alpe d’Huez riders will get a brief glimpse of the finish line before reaching the foot of the final ascent of the day up the final six bends of Alpe d’Huez. The Compact route on this second stage bypasses the ascent to Les 2 Alpes and takes riders straight from the Balcon d’Auris into the foot of the Col de Sarenne.
The third and final stage features an uphill time trial on the most famous climb in cycling – the 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez. Heading down the ramp one by one in Bourg d’Oisans, riders will take on the 15.5km climb in an individual effort against the clock. Climbing 1135M through 21 bends, the ascent can be broken down into several sections. Firstly, the steepest section from the start of the climb to the town of La Garde, next a slightly easier section through the town of La Garde and into the following succession of switchbacks and lastly the final bends through the town of Alpe d’Huez, past the Palais des Sports before turning left at the roundabout to reach the official Tour finish line.