Tour de France 2016 Route stage 12: Montpellier - Mont Ventoux
Thurday, July 14, 2016 – Storms, heat, cold, or gushing rains – an arrival at Mont Ventoux is guaranteed to bring spectacle. The mythic climb instills fear. At Bastille Day, stage 12 of the 2016 Tour de France leads in 179 kilometres from Montpellier to Chalet Reynard, 6 kilometres under the top of Mont Ventoux.
Normally the stage would have finished at the summit of the ‘Bald Mountain’. But winds in excess of 100 kph have forced the organisation to relocate the finish line to Chalet Reynard, 6 kilometres under the top. Yet, the climb still instills fear with an average gradient of 9% in 10 kilometres.
After leaving Montpellier the route is on flat to rollings roads until the foot of Mont Ventoux. The first 112 kilometres are almost entirely flat, while undulating roads welcome the riders after they entered the Vaucluse region. KOM points are for grabs at Cote de Gordes (4 kilometres at 4.8%) and Col de Croix Termes (2.5 kilometres at 7.5%).
After cresting Croix Termes it’s 26.5 kilometres left to the foot of Mont Ventoux.
In 2013, a group of escapees powered at high speeds to the foot of the The Bald Mountain, but then Chris Froome took control. He blew away the competition in mistral winds style. The Briton put half a minute into Quintana and 1’40” into Contador.
Starting in Bedoin the first 5 kilometres are not officially part of the climb, yet they come with a grade at 5%. Let’s say this is the warm up before the going gets tough near the church of Saint Esteve with a 10 kilometres climb through the infamous forest. The first 3 kilometres go up at average grades of 9 to 10%, while the following 7 kilometres are on slopes at 7.5% or more.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses at 10, 6 and 4 seconds.
Results/race report 12th stage, 2016 Tour de France
Tour de France 2016 stage 12: Route maps, height profiles, etc.
Click on the images to zoom
Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Leave a comment
Related articles Riders - Tour de France 2016 Route and stages - Tour de France 2016 GC Favourites - Tour de France 2016 More articles
Visit the Tour de France
Tour de France 2019: The Route
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 1: Brussels - Brussels
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 2: Brussels - Brussels
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 3: Binche - Epernay
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 5: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges - Colmar
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 6: Mulhouse - La Planche des Belle Filles
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 13: ITT in Pau
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 14: Tarbes - Col du Tourmalet
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 15: Limoux - Prat d'Albis
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - Tignes
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 20: Albertville - Val Thorens
Vuelta 2019: Route and rumours
Giro 2019: The Route
Giro 2019 Route stage 1: Bologna - San Luca
Giro 2019 Route stage 9: Riccione - San Marino
Giro 2019 Route stage 16: Lovere - Ponte di Legno
Giro 2019 Route stage 17: Commezzadura - Anterselva
Giro 2019 Route stage 19: Treviso – San Martino di Castrozza
Giro 2019 Route stage 20: Feltre - Croce d'Aune/Monte Avena
Giro 2019 Route stage 21: ITT in Verona
Tour Down Under 2019: The Route
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2019: The Route
Volta a Catalunya 2019: The Route
E3 BinckBank Classic 2019: The Route
Cycling Calendar 2019
Quick Results Service