• Wout Poels of the Netherlands passes through Dutch Corner, or hairpin seven, as he climbs the infamous Alpe d'Huez (AAP) (AP)Source: AP
Dutch Corner is the best known bend of the Tour de France's most famous climb, Alpe d'Huez. It's corner No.7 of the 21 switchbacks, and always sets the race alight with noise and colour.
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26 Jul 2015 - 12:02 PM  UPDATED 26 Jul 2015 - 12:13 PM

With eight wins from 29 ascents of the mountain in Tour history, the Dutch have claimed more stage victories on Alpe d'Huez than any other nation. A tribute to these winning riders, the seventh hairpin turn has become a phenomenon in its own right, with an expanding crowd of orange spectators surely visible from outer space.

If you haven't had a chance to witness it for yourself, take a moment to soak up the atmosphere with this collection of rider footage and fan photos. Maybe you'll plan a pilgrimage for 2016 as a result.

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Australian team Orica Green-EDGE did a pretty good job of getting around not just Dutch Corner, but all the other corners that have now popped up on Alpe d'Huez over the years.

@sarahvanbo Crazy, chaotic and the most fun I've ever had on the side of the road! Today I made the pilgrimage to Alpe d'Huez and the infamous 'Dutch Corner' for the penultimate stage of the Tour de France. If you're a cycling fan, watching a mountain stage of a Grand Tour should be on your bucket list. #tdf2015 #takingthelongwayhome #cycling 

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