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Why Mont Ventoux stands alone

Updated: July 24, 2009, 2:05 PM ET
By Bobby Julich | Special to ESPN.com

Officials wanted a dramatic finish to the Tour de France. Well, having riders climb up Mont Ventoux in the race's penultimate stage is a way to do that.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I never liked Mont Ventoux; I swore to myself I would never climb it again after I retired from pro cycling.

Well ...

I did return to the famed spot for the L'Etape Du Tour, an annual event where tourists and cycling enthusiasts get to ride an actual Tour stage. ...

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