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Inextricably linked with the Tour de France
Cycling enthusiasts and Tour de France racers are familiar with the Mont Ventoux route in the Vaucluse department. It served eight times for the peloton's passage in 1951, 1952, 1955, 1967, 1974, 1994, and in 2021 for a double ascent. As for the top of the Géant de Provence, it has been the site of a stage finish no less than ten times, in 1958, 1965, 1970, 1972, 1987, 2000, 2002, 2009, 2013, and 2016. The passage of the Tour de France was bereaved by the death of an English cyclist, Tom Simpson, on the slopes of Ventoux in 1967. A stele was erected on the side of the road in his memory.
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