– This iconic climb has been the birthplace of many legendary battles. The 13.8 kilometer, 21 switchbacks, and the ear-popping atmosphere makes this one of cycling’s greatest climbs. (soft music) – [Man] It’s already one of the bigger parties I’ve ever been to. – [Woman] This is crazy, it’s cycling legend. It’s nuts. – [Man] This is what dreams are made of, this is awesome. (helicopter whirring) (onlookers cheering) – I think we’re in the right place. Corner number seven, Dutch Corner. It’s all kicking off, get involved in the action! As we make our way to the top of Alpe d’Huez, we thought it’d be a really good idea to get to know some of the fans that had been staying overnight. There are some who have been staying days, and we can’t really get our head around it because some have been staying weeks to backseat their spot on the mountain. (upbeat music) We’re here on Alpe d’Huez, and we’re here with Cameron. It’s his first time at the tour. What’s kinda your first experiences. – It’s been cool, the amount of people coming up the hill. We’ve fixed people’s tires, we’ve pumped up people’s tires. Somebody’s bike pump even fell off and we’ve been using that to pump other people’s tires up, so yeah. – [Host] And what time did you have to arrive? ‘Cause you got an incredible spot here. Like how long you been here? – We’ve been here three nights, so that’ll be five nights in total we’re here for, yeah. – So some fans have really embraced living halfway up a mountain. All you need is beers and your television. So we’re kinda just below Dutch Corner, and we’ve run into these Belgium guys. And it’s pretty precarious where they’re sleeping. I mean, rather them than me. I’m here with head chef Kristoph. What are you cooking? Looks like sausages. – [Kristoph] Merguez and sausage. – [Host] Oh nice, and there’s a lot here now but it’s all gonna be gone by the end of tonight. – Yes, I think its a big night tonight. So I have a big job. – If you wanna have fun, you wanna come to Tour de France. And you wanna see where you wanna be, you wanna go to Dutch Corner. – Dutch Corner! – Dutch Corner! – Dutch Corner! – There’s one corner that stands above the rest, corner number seven. No other corner causes such electricity. Covered in orange and full of Dutch cycling fans, Dutch Corner is definitely the place to be. It’s calm now, but tomorrow, it’s like this! (upbeat electronic music) We’re here on Corner number seven, Dutch Corner. Four hours before the riders turn up, so we gotta take the chance to have a little chat with some of the fans. So. – Hi. – What does Dutch Corner mean to you? – It means fun, living it up, I think it’s the most fun time I’ve had in so long. I’ve never been to the tour, but here I am. And I don’t know why we wouldn’t go to Dutch Corner. – Beer. – Barbecue. – Party. – Good atmosphere. – The Dutch are just the best. – Well we just got here a few seconds ago and its already one of the bigger parties I’ve ever been to. – [Woman] Yeah this is crazy, it’s cycling legend. It’s nuts. – [Host] Is it better than American parties? Dutch parties? – Well we don’t know yet, we’re gonna go find out. We brought some American offerings. – So far it’s promising. – So guys, what does Dutch Corner mean to you? – It’s just an exhilarating area to be in, I suppose. – [Man] Yeah it’s a spectacle for every year. – It’s amazing. – This is what dreams are made of, this is awesome. – What we were hearing is that it’s not as good as it was last year or any other. – Aw, don’t say that, it’s gonna build. We got two hours for it to. – I don’t know, it’s what they say. – It’s better for television. – It is. – It’s for him. In Dutch Corner. – There we go, first beer on Dutch Corner. – The beer is good. (upbeat electronic music) – So I’m just gonna give you a behind the scenes access of Dutch corner, so if you’ll follow me. So this is kinda where everyone’s camping. So some people have been here for five, six, maybe even seven days. So it’s pretty crazy if you just watch how many people are camping here. And then the party’s just cracking off. You’ve got two hours til the riders get here, so here we go. Steven Kruijswijk is in the lead, and has built a gap of four minutes, 20 seconds on the yellow jersey group as he hits Alpe d’Huez. The fans hear the news and go wild. (upbeat triumphant electronic music) We’ve had an unforgettable day here on Dutch Corner. And if you have enjoyed this video, give us a thumbs up. And for more Tour de France content, click down here.