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Col de Joux-Verte

At 14.4km and a maximum gradient of 12.1% the Joux-Verte is another serious climb. In 2000 Lance Armstrong described a stage finishing with the Joux Plane as “the hardest day of my life – on a bike.” The enthusiastic can carry on up beyond the Col to the ski resort of Avoriaz, where there have been six summit finishes in the Tour where winners have included Andy Schleck in 2010 when he went on to win the race after Bertie Contador was disqualified.  It was on the Joux-Verte in 2016 that Le Cure experienced its first rainstorm, making for treacherous conditions on the descent and well-earned beers in the bar.

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