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L'Alpes d'Huez: Peleton's time?(3 posts)

L'Alpes d'Huez: Peleton's time?ZvierBoy
Sep 23, 2002 12:09 AM
Hi,

I'd like to know what are times 'the end of the' pack pros ride up the L'Alpes d'Huez? Does anyone know of a website that may list times like this? I'm especially curious about the last final 13km (from where the true climb begins).

Thanks,
ZvierBoy
some times for l'Alpe:philippec
Sep 23, 2002 5:35 AM
F. Coppi in 1952 (45:00).
P. Delgado, L. Fignon in 1989 (42:15) -- 7 other riders made it in less than 45:00.
G. Bugno, M. Indurain, L. Leblanc in 1991 (39:45).
M. Pantani in 1994 (37:15)
M. Pantani in 1995 (36:40)
M. Pantani in 1997 (36:45)-- 60 other riders made it in less than 45:00.
J. Ullrich in 1997 (37:30).
L. Armstrong in 1999 (41:20).
L. Armstrong in 2001 (38:00).
J. Ullrich in 2001 (40:00)

So, considering that 60 riders made it under 45 minutes in 1997 (thanks in no small part to the "altitude" effect of EPO and that the cut-off time in 2001 was 46:00 minutes after the winner's passage over the finish line -- you can guestimate that the average back-of-the peleton rider is climbing the Alpe in anywhere from 46 minutes to 1 hr and 24 minutes. That is a broad range and I would venture to guess that the grupetto is climbing the Alpe in about 1 hr.

A+

Philippe
some times for l'Alpe:ZvierBoy
Sep 23, 2002 7:16 AM
Thanks for the time bracket Philippe.
In a way it made my day and made me whole lot less productive here at work as well!

ZvierBoy