Day 16 of Paul Kimmage’s Tour De France Diary
Chris Froome took a huge step towards a Tour de France title with his stunning ride up the Mount Ventous ascent yesterday but for Paul Kimmage the real iconic mountain challenge is still to come.
In his latest video diary from the 100th edition of the Tour, Paul Kimmage concentrates on what he describes as the greatest climb... the Alpe d’Huez.
“Mountains have always been like fine wines. Some prefer the Alps, some prefer the Pyrenees. Some say Mount Ventous is the best climb but for me it’s Alpe d’Huez,” he said.
The 51-year-old takes to his bike and attacks the gruelling climb and completes it in 1hr 17 mins and nearly comes off his bike at the end. The record time is an astonishing 36 minutes.
Paul asks an American rider at the summit about his yellow Livestrong wristband providing a very funny moment when the rider recognises who Paul is...