The sting in the tail of stage two of the 2014 Tour de France, maxing out at 25% gradient
By Simon Warren
Stage two | 196km | Wincobank | Rating: 7/10
If the organisers wanted to find the perfect finale, one so savage it would remain etched into the peloton’s legs for the remainder of the race, then they found it here.
Bearing more than a passing resemblance to the famous Côte de Saint Nicolas in Liège, this killer incline looks set to decide the owner of the second yellow jersey of this year’s race.
With a dead turn at the base it’s almost impossible to carry any momentum onto the arrow-straight and instantly steep opening 200 metres. The wide, smooth road then begins to bank slightly right on its 20% slope towards what will soon be an infamous corner.
Maxing out at over 25% (some say 30%) it bends left and continues remorselessly steep to the next, this time sweeping corner where once you’ve exited the slope thankfully eases.
Next heading right you’re not finished yet as there’s one final kick, a 50-metre push to the summit of a truly inspired end to a brilliant stage.
Where Start the climb by turning abruptly north west from Tyler Street, the B6082 onto
Grid ref SK 381 913 (OS110)
Height gain 94m
Approx climb time 5 mins