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Legendary passes of the Tour de France

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Legendary passes of the Tour de France

Road Cycling Collection by komoot

These legendary passes — the segments of road that make up the best moments of the world's best cycling race — have the ability to turn athletes into heroes. They turn seemingly ordinary men into extraordinary achievers, as well as reducing the heroes of yesterday into broken has-beens. Here, on the passes of the Tour de France, happiness and success go hand in hand with suffering and failure, with barely a pedal stroke separating one from the other. These legendary ascents in the Alps and Pyrenees are the places where legends are born, where the toughest bike race the world has ever seen is lost or won — year after year.

When the pros ride these roads, all they pay attention to is their speedometer and the passing seconds. For you, when you conquer these passes, try and focus less on performance and more on experience, and we encourage you to stop every now and then to enjoy the view. These should be rides you enjoy after all, even if you're only able to enjoy them when you finally crest the hill. Therefore, before you take the road back down, give yourself a moment, remember those who went before you — and take in the spectacular views. Then go.

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