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Tour de France: five classic mountain climbs

Ahead of the 100th Tour de France, which begins on Saturday, Giles Belbin, author of Mountain Kings, recalls the dramatic cycling history of five of the race’s most famous climbs – and then tells you how you can ride them yourself

L’Alpe d’Huez takes star billing in this year’s Tour de France with the peloton having to navigate its infamous 21 hairpins not once but twice in a single stage.

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