Curistas tackled the Madeleine for the second time in 2019 (previously 2015). Bradley Wiggins described the 25km climb as “beautiful, but heartbreaking” and it was after the Madeleine that Jens Voight famously coined the phrase, “shut up legs.”
A 26-time Tour favourite, Pierre Rolland described the Madeleine as “…one of the iconic Tour climbs. It’s very long, and very tough.” Which just about sums it up.
The route from Feissons-sur-isere to 2,000m has a steep start, a steep finish and steep sections in the middle.