Route for new Mont Ventoux one-day race unveiled

Mont Ventoux

The best climbers in the world will finally have the chance to climb Mont Ventoux in a new one-day race next year.

The route for Mont Ventoux Denivele Challenge was unveiled today, seeing riders tackle 185km with the final being a summit finish on the ‘giant of Provence’.

The new UCI 1.1 category race will start in Vaison-la-Romaine and feature eight climbs over the 185-kilometre route. The course has a total of 4,400 metres of vertical gain It is set to take place on June 17, the day after the Criterium du Dauphiné finishes.

Before Ventoux itself, there will be seven climbs contested. The race will kick off with a 5km, 3.7% climb, followed by Col des Aires at 3km and 5.4%. After that comes the first real test for the peloton, the 11.6km Col de l’Homme Mort with an average of 4.9%.

Mont Ventoux most recently appeared in the Tour de France in 2016 where it is best remembered for an incident in which Chris Froome crashed after a collision with a motorcycle.


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