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Route for new Mont Ventoux one-day race announced

Mont Ventoux
Joe Robinson
29 Oct 2018

A summit finish atop Ventoux will give climbers a chance of glory day after the Dauphine

The likes of Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) may finally have a one-day race to look forward thanks to a brand new event that finishes at the summit of Mont Ventoux. 

The route for this new one-day, named the Mont Ventoux Denivele Challenge, was released today, seeing riders tackle 185km with the final being a summit finish on the 'giant of Provence'.

Before Ventoux itself, there will be seven climbs contested including the Col des Aries, 3km at 5.4%, and Col de l'Homme, 11.6km at 4.9%.

The peloton will then enter Bedoin before scaling the final challenge. In total, the race will cover 4,400m of climbing.

The race will take place on Monday 17th June, falling one day after the Criterium du Dauphine ends, during the Tour de Suisse and just two weeks before the start of the Tour de France. The race is registered as 1.1 Men's elite and details of which teams will be participating are yet to be released.

The new race will coincide with the Santini Gran Fondo Mont Ventoux, a 135km sportive that finishes atop the bald mountain, a day before the one-day race, creating a cycling festival.

It is also likely to be the only opportunity to witness racing on the mountain in 2019 as next year's Tour de France has decided to avoid the mountain for a third consecutive year.

Mont Ventoux is one of cycling's most feared and loved mountains. At 21.8km long, the road climbs for 1,617m until it eventually reaches the meteorological station at the summit sitting at 1,912m above sea level.

What makes Ventoux so unique is its appearance. The only major summit in the area, Ventoux can be seen from miles around, spiking out of the earth unlike anything else.

Exposed to the wind, the mountaintop is bald, lacking in vegetation with the surface being dominated by light covered rock leading many to compare it to the surface of the moon.

The mountain has formed part of Tour de France folklore since its first inclusion as a summit finish in 1958, a stage won by Charly Gual. 

Since Gual, Felice Gimondi, Raymond Poulidor, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Thevenet, Jean-Francois Bernard, Marco Pantani, Richard Virenque, Juan Miguel Garate, Chris Froome and Thomas De Gendt have all gone on the conquer the mountain, although the 'summit' has varied on occasions.

It's most fabled appearance was in 1965 when it claimed the life of British cyclist Tom Simpson. The 29-year-old collapsed within half a mile of the finish, dying on the mountainside from heat exhaustion caused by dehydration, alcohol and amphetamines.

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