TDF 2021: Stage 11, Sorgues > Malaucène 198.9 km **Spoilers**
Stage 11, Sorgues > Malaucène 198.9 km7-7-2021
Five years after a windy visit and some impromptu athletics , the Tour returns to the Giant of Provence. The race taking on the highly anticipated doubled ascent of Mont Ventoux will be all about the climbers and perhaps, the descenders. The riders begin to turn the pedals in Sorgues and follow an anti-clockwise route, initially along the flat. Just after Sault, the race enters the Ventoux circuit, where hopefully at some point, the fireworks will begin.
After 30kms of flat, there are two small, fourth category climbs, the Cote de Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and Côte de Gordes, followed by the first category Col de la Liguière.
These small climbs hold some significance, given the intermediate sprint appears between the two.
While the initial climb is short, it does have a 12% section towards it's top.
It could be that Bike Exhange and Bahrain may try to put the green jersey into difficulty here; not just in terms of the IS, but also, they could look to force the pace until the Col de la Liguière, with the specific aim putting Cavendish OTL.
The first time up Ventoux takes the easiest of three possible routes to the top but it’s also the longest, with 24.3 kilometres of climbing facing the riders. At the summit the riders drop down into Malaucène for the first time via one of the fastest descents. Another 12.5 kilometres on rolling roads later the riders reach Bédoin, which is where the Ventoux begins for real.
Finally, the riders tackle the rapid descent into Malaucène once again. The 22 kilometres to the line all fly downhill.
Ventoux 1st passage
Ventoux second passage
The full assent of the Mont Ventoux returns to the Tour de France route for the first time since 2013, when Chris Froome climbed to victory ahead of Nairo Quintana and Mikel Nieve. 3 years later, the stage was cut short at Chalet Reynard, due to strong winds. That time Chris Froome won................the foot race!
With stage honours and bonification seconds at stake, GC riders will doubtless be motivated to go all out.
Favourites stage 11 Tour de France 2021
***** Tadej Pogacar,
**** Richard Carapaz, Michael Woods
*** Wilco Kelderman, Nairo Quintana, Rigoberto Urán, David Gaudu
** Simon Yates, Miguel Ángel López, Guillaume Martin,
* Vincenzo Nibali, Jakob Fuglsang, Wout Poels, Enric Mas, Sergio Higuita
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Sorgues is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of Southeastern France. The river Ouvèze, a tributary of the Rhône, as well as its tributary Sorgue, which begins at the Fontaine de Vaucluse, run through the commune. Sorgues, which had a population of 18,680 in 2017, is located just north of Avignon, on the border with Gard.
Most famously Pablo Picasso arrived in Sorgues in June 1912 and it was here that birth of synthetic cubism took place.
Dinning in Sorgues can be quite an experience: where quintessential Provence and creative gastronomy produce a stunning canvas for the senses.
Ventoux and Malaucène
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Mont Ventoux (1,912 m)
Also called́ the Bald Mountain or the Giant of Provence, it is the highest point of the Baronnies massif and the highest in the Vaucluse. Culminating at 1,912 m, it is about 25 km long on an east-west axis and 15 km wide on a north-south axis. Its geographical isolation makes it visible from great distances.
Since 1966, the summit has been topped by a 42-m-high observation tower with a 20-m antenna. A television transmitter with a power of 195 kw, whose signal is so strong that it can be received from 90 km away.
It was via Malaucène that the Ventoux was climbed for the first time in the Tour de France in 1951 during the Montpellier-Avignon stage, won by Louison Bobet. This climb on the north side, considered less arduous than the one from Bédoin (the south climb), was only used again by the Tour in 1972, when Bernard Thévenet won it. This time all three routes will be ridden, either uphill and downhill.
With nearly 4,000 hectares planted, and an annual harvest of 15,000 to 20,000 tonnes, Vaucluse remains France's leading producer of cherries. The Ventoux region has become the preferred area for table cherries.
The mountainous area 30km to the east of Châteauneuf-du-Pape produce the wines of Ventoux. They are identifiably Rhône in style, but with a distinctive lifted freshness. You can successfully make red, white or rosé.
"Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.