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Alpe d’Huez. It’s probably the most iconic climb in all of world cycling. A touch under 14 km from bottom to top with 21 hairpins, and, invariably at the Tour, an absolute sea of humanity packed onto the roadside.
In one sense it was uncomfortable to see so many people in such close proximity on stage 12 – and in such close proximity to the riders – what with COVID still being a lingering threat and everything. But on the other hand, it’s always a delight to see fans flock to the Alpe in such huge numbers, transforming the climb into one of the greatest arenas in world sport, not just in cycling.
Without further ado, here are a bunch of images from the 2022 Tour’s visit to Alpe d’Huez, courtesy of the Grubers (Jered and Ashley) and the Getty Images photo agency.
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