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Fränk Schleck back on his bike to tackle the Haute Route Alpe d'Huez

Jack Elton-Walters
29 Mar 2017

The former pro and Tour de France podium finisher will return to the mountains of France for the three-day sportive

Fränk Schleck may have retired from professional cycling at the end of the 2016 season, but that doesn't mean he's given up riding his bike entirely. The Tour de France podium finisher is set to take on the first edition of the three-day Haute Route Alpe d'Huez this summer.

The event runs from Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th July 2017 and see riders make three ascents of the famous alpine climb over the course of the three stages.

Schleck is no stranger to Alpe d'Huez as he took the win atop the mountain on stage 15 of the 2006 Tour de France.

The three-day event is a departure from the Haute Routes week long events and is aimed at riders with a bit less time on their hands to complete such a challenge. Cyclist will be there, so keep an eye out for the ride feature in a future issue of the magazine.

'I am really excited to be riding Haute Route Alpe d’Huez this summer,' said Schleck.

'When an event on Alpe d’Huez was announced I thought it would a great one to ride. It’s a legendary climb; everyone knows it for its 21 switchback turns and epic Tour de France stages.'

Referring to his own victory on the climb, he added: 'To be able to come back to the Alpe on the Haute Route, where I won a TDF stage in 2006, and to ride and share the road with others it’s a great opportunity to spend time with other cycling fans.

'Events like this are about sharing your love of the sport, suffering together, and enjoying yourself at the same time with like-minded people.'

For more information, and to book your chance to ride with a Tour stage and Classics winner, see:

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