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by Mark Zalewski
November 9, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bayly wins queen stage of Tour of Taihu Lake; Jess Varnish, vilified for her claims, speaks about investigation findings; Astana reveals 2017 plans; X-rays confirm broken wrist for Archibald; Team Sky signs Jon Dibben; Mike Creed to direct new American U23 development team; Other players chime-in on Aaron Brown’s resurfacing; Meet Ventouman, who has climbed the Giant of Provence 379 times … and counting; Peter Sagan wants you to ride your bike; Recap of Archibald Madison crash.
Lionel Tartelin, a Frenchman nicknamed Ventouman, has ridden up Mont Ventoux 379 times, with 62 coming this year alone.
He rides from the Bédoin side, a 21.8km trek that climbs 1,629m over an average gradient of 7.4 percent with pitches reaching 12 percent.
Tartelin said he hopes to make it to the top 400 times by the end of the year, but this will of course be dependent on the weather.
As to why he has taken up this particular challenge, he said it is “a story between me and the mountain, a call to which I must respond.”
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