When I first climbed Stage 6’s only mountain, we were told that locals called the Col de la Lusette ‘le Petit Ventoux’. I actually have never confirmed this, but have certainly spread the rumor a lot over the last 8 years. I can tell you that it is a bit Ventoux-ish, in that it has some pretty steep sections, but there is nothing nearly as brutal as ‘the forest’ we all know and hate on Le Geant. What the Lusette has is a lot of sheep.
I just did a search through my blog articles and the photos above were taken on two different rides. 14% ramps are tough, but more complicated when you need to ride through a flock of moutons.
The whole last climb today from Le Vigan is 35 km long, with a little downhill between the top of the Lusette and the last easy climb to the summit of Mont Aigoual. I’m hoping that after yesterday’s freewheel to Pirvas the peloton will grace us with a little racing.