The first day of the race proved to be slightly warmer than originally anticipated. That didn’t deter the brothers, who stuck to their plan of taking the first stage easy and staying together. The scenery was picturesque as they made the climb to the top of Colombiere, through Aravis and plateaued for the finish back in Megeve.
Read below to learn more about tomorrow’s stage, as described on biketips.com.
Stage 2: Megève-Alpe d´Huez: 152 km (3900 m Elevation)
© Haute Route
Hopefully, you’ll be able to get some sleep despite an early start.
Today, Haute Route riders will be conquering the famous Col du Glandon. Physically demanding and mentally exhausting, this climb is 20.9 km long with 1470 m of ascent. Pace yourself on this one; it is exceptionally long and leaves the best (or worse) until last.
Although the average gradient is 7%, the last seven kilometers will hold firm at just under 9%. As you crest the top, take in the 360-degree views and give yourself or a teammate a pat on the back.
You’ve got an equally long descent to enjoy before one last climb up Alpe d’Huez.
You won’t be witness to the infamous switchbacks today, though, this route takes you along a remote and scenic climb via Villard-Reculas.