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Alpe dHuez [Ebook] ➤ Alpe dHuez Author Peter Cossins – It has been called the Tour de France’s ‘Hollywood climb’ and there is no doubt that Alpe d’Huez has played a starring role in cycling’s history since its first encounter with the sport back It has been called the Tour de France’s ‘Hollywood climb’ and there is no doubt that Alpe d’Huez has played a starring role in cycling’s history since its first encounter with the sport back in when the legendary Fausto Coppi triumphed on the summit Re introduced to the Tour in Alpe d’Huez has risen to mythical status thanks initially to a string of victories by riders from Holland whose exploits attracted tens of thousands of their compatriots to the climb which has become known as ‘Dutch mountain’ A snaking kilometre ascent rising up through numbered hairpins at an average gradient of % Alpe d’Huez is the climb on which every great rider wants to win Many of the sport’s most famous and now even infamous names have won on the Alpe including Bernard Hinault Joop Zoetemelk Lucho Herrera Marco Pantani and Lance Armstrong As well as days of brilliance there have controversies such as the high speed and drug fuelled duels of the EPO years in the s and into the new millennium  In Alpe d’Huez veteran cycling journalist Peter Cossins reveals the triumphs passion and despair behind the great exploits on the Alpe and discloses the untold details that have led to the mountain becoming as important to the Tour as the race is to resort at its summit It is a tale of man and machine battling against breath taking terrain for the ultimate prize.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 304 pages
  • Alpe dHuez
  • Peter Cossins
  • English
  • 19 November 2016

8 thoughts on “Alpe dHuez

  1. Ryan Patrick Ryan Patrick says:

    This was much better than the little bit of Vespini's The Tour is Won on the Alpe I read Cossins uses the 1976 Tour's ascent of Alpe d'Huez to begin each chapter and then takes on topical approaches to exploring the climb and how it achieved its place in Tour history I also appreciated his counter argument to Vespini's claim that the Tour is won on the Alpe as I had been contemplating writing such a critiue myself

  2. William Weir William Weir says:

    Well written but uite narrowly focussed At times it feels repetitive and at others majestic with sweeping energised passages of a stage in the tour or interesting interviews with some key riders in this Alpe’s history

  3. Mark Mark says:

    Good book about a great TdF climb The little intro to each chapter would’ve been better served just being a chapter themselves rather than being tagged into the start of each chapter Other than that a good read

  4. Paul Russell Paul Russell says:

    Slow to get started and never got out of second gear

  5. Steve Chilton Steve Chilton says:

    The content is good but I found the style of presentation hard to read The way that the epic 1976 duel is split over many chapters I found annoying and too much detail in the end Not one of the great books of cycling literature but I admire the author for tackling such a narrow subject as just the one hill climb from the Tour de France's great selection and telling it's story

  6. Aaron Barker Aaron Barker says:

    An entertaining book on cycling's greatest climb Cossins does a great job explaining why a climb that is comparatively unremarkable to other famous Tour de France has gained so much in importance and stature Many of the stages up Alpe D'Huez are detailed across the chapters and are interspersed with bits of local history on the development of the resort and the surrounding area A feature I really enjoyed was the ongoing narrative of the epic battle between Joop Zoetemelk and Lucien Van Impe from 1976 the year the Alpe became a recurring feature in TdF's to come Presented in italics at the start of each chapter their duel up the mountain is detailed pedal by pedal and turn by turn to get at the heart of just how the legend was born Written with details any cyclist would appreciate the writing is free and flowing enough that non cyclists could appreciate it just as well

  7. Gumble& Gumble& says:

    Each chapter of the book opens with a lengthy retelling of the 1976 Alpe d'Huez stage when Van Impe took the jersey and Zoetemelk the stage in a 2 up sprint distancing Thevenet and dispossessing the jersey holder Martens The book discusses other years most noticeably a lengthy account by Andy Hampsten of his own win and interviews with Van Impe and a very sympathetic profile of Zotemelk mixed with some history of the resort and of the ancient mining in the area it's geography including a description of the climb and an examination of the link between the race and the Netherlands including a profile of the radio commentator who did much to forge that link Ultimately a badly organised book though the 1977 stage when Thevenet just held on to his jersey under pressure from Kuiper is described 3 or times twice in almost identical details Clearly the author decided to avoid a year by year coverage like The Tour Is Won on the Alpe Alpe d'Huez and the Classic Battles of the Tour de France and actually gives a good refutation of that assertion by showing how with the Tour often at the end of the race it simply confirmed the winner However a glossary of years and winners and even better the result of each stage plus GC before after and final would have grounded the stage descriptions much better The book also misses out on recent stages Chris Froome doesn't even make the index despite his hunger knock in 2013 and the dramatic Contador attack in 2011 is hardly mentioned Even the book would have benefited from a schematic of the climb and maps of the area to really anchor the route and geographic descriptions which are the book's real strong point However still an enjoyable book and one which examines objectively the myths around he climb the difficulty of a long range attack due to he common headwind on the valley road to the climb; that it's neither the hardest most beautiful or most striking climb even in the area uoting Andy Hampsten that its simply a very good road to get to a ski station but that it's amphitheatre type nature make it the nearest cycling has to an arena

  8. Paul Tisserant Paul Tisserant says:

    A great read about what must be THE mountain of the Tour de France Filled with colourful stories about how it came to be included in the Tour and with the chapters linked to each other by a blow by blow account of an epic battle to win on the summit

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