One week after winning the famous Marmotte Granfondo Alpes race that finished on Alpe d’Huez, Stephen Kirchmair once again earned victory at the summit of the storied climb on Sunday at L’Etape du Tour.
The 33 year-old Austrian cycling coach crossed under the finish banner in 5:17:27 after outriding, outlasting and outsmarting 15,999 other amateur cyclists on the 166 kilometer Tour de France stage with 4700 meters of vertical ascent.
It wasn’t even close.
His winning margin was six minutes on Loic Ruffaut (5:23:22) and Jacques Lebreton (5:23:32).
2016 Olympian Flavia Oliveira from Brazil won the women’s L’Etape du Tour title and champion’s yellow jersey in 6:31:58, followed by Lais Saes and Canille Udny in second and third place respectively.
The Tour de France professional cyclists will ride the same course Thursday 14 July for the 12th stage of the 2022 race, finishing just like today’s amateur version, on the top of Alpe d’Huez.
Complete 2022 L’Etape du Tour results HERE.
Photos: L’Etape du Tour