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Mont Ventoux waited 13 years for its previous appearance in 2000. Just two years after Lance Armstrong handed Marco Pantani the win, the legendary, infamous "windy mountain" is back.
Do not be fooled by the flat prelude to the final climb. The stage travels a long distance over the hot roads of southern France, and the climb is one of the most severe in cycling.
There is no shelter on the top 300 metres of the climb. There will probably either be baking hot conditions or the riders will be battered by the wind which gives the mountain its name.
Previously: This mountain has seen everything. From British star Tom Simpson's tragic death in 1967 to the last dramatic episode two years ago.
Don't miss: You will not believe the bizarre nature of Mont Ventoux - the bald moonscape, the complete lack of trees and the whistling of the wind around your ears.
Food and drink: This area is home to Cotes du Rhone wines, and the stage directly travels through the village of Chateauneuf du Pape, home to one of the world's most famous red wines.
Link: Mont Ventoux
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