With the Tour de France going into Italy this year we can make a slight detour to mention that MapMyRide has created the "Le Tour Challenge" contest for 2009. Among the prizes: trip for two to Paris, a Parlee Team bike, and numerous other prizes totalling more than $50,000. Details at: http://www.mapmyride.com/tdf/
Stage 16 will begin in Switzerland then passes through Italy before finishing in France. It should be quite a good stage, coming after a rest day, with passes seldom used in the Tour de France: Col du Grand St Bernard (last used 43 years ago it is a more than 30 km climb which rises to 2,469 m above sea level.) and Col du Petit Saint Bernard (Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo).
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