WorldTour teams announced for inaugural Mont Ventoux one-day race
The race is expected to be a brutal test, finishing at the summit of one of cycling’s most iconic climbs
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The teams racing the first Mont Ventoux one-day race have been announced, including WorldTour outfits.
Taking place on June 17, the race will be a gruelling 185km challenge with 4,400 metres of climbing.
The Mont Ventoux Denivelé Challenge, being held for the first time this year, will be a UCI 1.1 categorised race with some top-tier teams lining up.
French WorldTour teams Ag2r La Mondiale and Groupama-FDJ will take to the start, along with EF Education First from the US.
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Familiar professional continental teams will also be involved, including Direct Energie, Cofidis, and Vital Concept-B&B Hotels.
The start list has not yet been published, but Frenchmen Nans Peters (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Anthony Delaplace (Arkéa Samsic) are expected to sign up.
Organisers have published the profile of the new race, which features seven climbs before the dreaded and legendary Mont Ventoux.
The race will kick off with a 5km, easy 3.7 per cent climb, followed by Col des Aires at 3km and 5.4 per cent.
After that comes the first real test for the peloton, the 11.6km Col de l’Homme Mort with an average of 4.9 per cent.
Over the next 80km there are a few smaller tests, before cycling’s most iconic test appears.
Mont Ventoux, which has featured in the Tour de France 16 times, is steeped in cycling history, both glorious and tragic.
In 1967, Brit Tom Simpson died on the slopes of the 21km climb.
The climb first featured in the Tour in 1951, but not as a summit finish.
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A Ventoux finish line first appeared in 1958, with an individual time trial from Bédoin to the top won by Charly Gaul.
There have been 10 summit finishes atop Mont Ventoux in the Tour de France’s history.
At 8.7 per cent, it is a brutal finale to the new one-day race.
The race will take the classic ascent up Ventoux from Bédoin, with a total elevation of 1612m.
Teams for the 2019 Mont Ventoux Denivelé Challenge
Ag2r La Mondiale
EF Education First
Delko Marseille Provence
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
Vital Concept-B&B Hotels
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers. Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
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