The Tour de France faces this Saturday the first of the two days of the Alps that will close the second week of the race. A day that will be very tough and an end that is as demanding going up the ramps of the Joux Plane as it is dangerous due to the subsequent descent towards the finish line in Morzine.
Alberto Losada leads in the Ramaz
After climbing the Col de Cou and Col du Feu in the first 55 kilometres, the peloton will have its first truly demanding test on the climb to Col de la Ramaz, a first-class port with its 13.9 kilometers at 7.1% he could make a great selection of the race before the final leg. A climb that nearly 16,037 cyclists have faced on Strava for a total of 29,386 attempts and that professionals usually climb in 52:55, while amateurs climb it in 1:13:01, almost 20 minutes slower.
The Spanish cyclist Alberto Losada has the KOM or best time of the climb on Strava with a mark of 39:08 achieved during the passage of the 2016 Tour de France. For her part, Fanny Leleu has the QOM or best female time on Strava since August 13, 2016 with a mark of 47:47.
Haig commands the fearsome Joux Plane
But without a doubt, the decisive ascent of this first stage of the Alps will be the Col de Joux Plane, Hors Categorie pass with its 11.6 kilometers at 8.5% that the cyclists will crown 12 kilometers from the finish line and that it will distribute bonuses at the top. An ascent to the Joux Plane with which 1,411 athletes have dared on Strava for a total of 35,485 attempts and that professionals usually complete on average in 48:55 while amateurs climb it in 1:11:31, almost 22 minutes more. slowly.
The Australian cyclist from Bahrain-Victorious Jack Haig, has the KOM or best time on Strava since June 6, 2021 with a mark of 34:58 after finishing in the Top-10 of the last stage of the Dauphiné of that edition., while Eva Lindskog has the QOM or best women’s time since July 12, 2020 with a mark of 44:44 at an average of 15.4 km/h. We will see if Haig’s record endures in the first great battle of the Alps of this Tour de France.