When Alpe d’Huez is on the schedule there’s always a buzz. The climb ignited the action and some on the crowd ignited flares… it’s a unique atmosphere for a sporting event. Here are 10 photos from another chapter in the story of L’Alpe and Le Tour.

Geraint Thomas created a little bit of history yesterday by winning a stage of the Tour de France at Alpe d’Huez while clad in the yellow jersey. The climb is the first one used for a mountain top stage finish in the history of the race and it continues to lure in the crowds.

The atmosphere on the roadside is unique – some would say ‘festive’, others argue ‘combative’ – and it conjures a vast mix of imagery that reminds us how close to the action the spectators can get.

The 12th stage claimed a high-profile casualty, with Vincenzo Nibali forced to abandon after crashing near the 4km to go mark. He finished the stage in seventh place but sustained fractures to his vertebrae… all because of the antics of rogue fans.

Below is a collection of images from what is always an interesting stretch of road.

 

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Photos: Yuzuru Sunada

– RIDE Media, on Tour with Bennelong Funds Management

 

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