On the steep and narrow Côte de la Roque d'Anthéron, Lotto-Soudal's Adam Hansen falls off his bike while almost stationary

When Mont Ventoux appears on a route map you don’t really pay much attention to the two category two lumps in the second half of the course.

While the likes of Marcel Kittel and Nacer Bouhanni were distanced on Ventoux, it was the Côte de la Roque d’Anthéron at kilometre 162 that caused the most problems in the peloton.

The climb only averages 5.5 per cent, but with ramps up to 20 per cent and a road surface that’s only a couple of metres wide the peloton got a little bunched up.

And when you get bunched up everyone slows down and then people have to stop in order to not fall off.

Lotto-Soudal’s Adam Hansen didn’t stop, but he did fall off while going very slowly.

It’s the kind of fall that a newcomer to cycling experiences when they forget to unclip at a traffic light, but it probably stings a bit for Hansen.

  • Andy

    You mean to say that is seriously steeper gradient than the Patterburg or Koppenburg ? mmmm, ok then !!!!

  • LaszloZoltan

    lucky guy

  • Bruno Bruno

    I’m living in the village of “la Roque d’Antheron”, the last 800m of the climb are at 21%. Epic. A nice place to test the limit of your legs (and/or ratios…)