TdF Stage 9: An Inside Look

The Col de la Madelaine sits at 2000mtrs and will decide not only today’s stage, but in my opinion, will play a huge role in deciding the destination of this year’s Maillot Jaune.  It was last ridden as a part of Le Tour in 2005, and the northern approach has an average gradient of approximately 5% – so it’s not that steep, but it’s long, at approximately 25kms.  The climb will be fast and furious and it deserves the respect of the worlds best riders.  As does the descent to the finish only 30km from the summit.

Stage 9 proves to be an exciting one for sure.  But there’s plenty more to come.  I’m thinking Tourmalet…twice!

Chris Russell is a UK pro athlete currently training to compete in the 2012 Olympics in the sport of sailing.  He’s likely the first in his sport to use cycling as one of his main training tools.  He’s training under Chris Carmichael and is a proud LiveSTRONG advocate. His sponsors include GU, Helly Hanson, and others….but he is actively in need of more sponsors to finance his Olympic goals.  If you can help him out in any way, hit him up @chrismrussell or via his Youtube page, www.youtube.com/Roadto2012.

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  • VitaminLee

    Ahhh shuchks :-) This was so helpful that I came back hoping for a heads up on Stage 10 “From Chambery to Gap”… Today while riding I visualized myself at the next TdF waving my Jamaican Flag while cheering on the riders (can you see me, I can)

    • http://lovingthebike.com Loving the Bike

      Sorry Lee, next year I’m going to have to ride the course myself prior to the tour so that I can preview each stage. Want to join me?

      • VitaminLee

        Now that’s what i call a goal.

  • http://lovingthebike.com Loving the Bike

    Thanks Lee….that is one amazing compliment. I definitely want to give those French mountains a try one day soon.

  • VitaminLee

    Better than Google!! This is some good info – that climb to the top looks sick, insane, ridiculous! It puts my morning monkey climb to shame.