The Definitive Ranking of Epic Tour de France Climbs

Every year when the greatest cyclists in the world tackle the grueling 21-stage test that is the Tour de France, they can expect one thing before the route is even announced: Riders will have to tackle steep climbs in both the Pyrenees and the Alps. It's this double whammy of mountain ranges that makes the Tour de France cycling's greatest challenge—and it's also what separates the GC contenders from the rest of the field.

Big time gaps, crazy fans and unzipped jerseys are sure to accompany all who attempt to tackle the following climbs. And any cyclist who reaches the summit first will go down in cycling lore as one of the greats.

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