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Mont-Ventoux : Tom Simpson stone


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Picture taken in: Bédoin, Vaucluse

Mont Ventoux is a mountain in the Provence region of southern France, located some 20 km north-east of Carpentras, Vaucluse. It is the largest mountain in the region and has been nicknamed the "Giant of Provence", or "The Bald Mountain". It has gained notoriety through its use in the Tour de France cycling race. Mont Ventoux has become legendary as the scene of one of the most gruelling climbs in the Tour de France bicycle race, which has ascended the mountain fourteen times since 1951. The followed trail mostly passes through Bédoin. Its fame as a scene of great Tour dramas has made it a magnet for cyclists around the world. The mountain achieved worldwide notoriety when it claimed the life of British cyclist Tom Simpson, who died here on July 13, 1967 from heat exhaustion caused by a combination of factors including dehydration (caused by lack of fluid intake and diarrhea), amphetamines, and alcohol, although there is still speculation as to the exact cause of his death. Source: Wikipedia

tags : tom simpson, cyclisme, ascension, cyclist, tour de france, ventoux, sommet, Le Mont-ventoux, France, Vaucluse, Provence

 

Picture uploaded by: Sokleine - View this picture on Flickr
Picture taken on: september 23, 2010
Taken in: Bédoin, Vaucluse | Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur - France 3707

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