Two individual time-trials were held in Bourg-Saint-Maurice, in 1939 and in 1996. The last one came just after a historical day during which “King Miguel” had lost control of a race he had been dominating since 1991, on the climb towards Les Arcs. Getting closer to the finish, Indurain had been dropped by the front group. The end of an era. In 2009, the winner there was to be Frenchman Sandy Casar.
In 1952, Fausto Coppi inaugurated with success the climb with 21 bends. The series of wins of Zoetemelk, Kuiper or Winnen later gave it the name of “Mountain of the Dutch” before the Italians and the likes of Bugno and Pantani started shining there. Concerning the French, Bernard Hinault was the first to win there in 1986. In 2011, Pierre Rolland took over the helm, and in 2013 for the first ever double climb of the monument, the blue, white and red flag was again flying high thanks to Christophe Riblon. The series continued in 2015 with the victory of Thibaut Pinot.
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