The Col de l'Izoard begins in Guillestre and is about 31.5 km long.
The climb can be divided into two parts. During a long 16km run from Guillestre on the D902 you win only 400 vertical meters. An average of 2.5%.
When the D902 turns left direction Briançon at the D947, it gets serious. During the next 15 kilometers you still have to win a thousand altimeters. The first kilometers, in open countryside, are warming-up. But before you reach Arvieux, the percentage already rises to 8%. Arvieux itself gives you some rest, but after that, the climb starts for good. Still in an open landscape, the Izoard heads towards 10%.
When leaving Brunissard, the actual climb begins and the road starts swinging. Hopefully fairly quickly, the first hairpin follows. You're now among the pines while the surrounding landscape is becoming rougher. Just like the climb, which does not drop below 8% during the next 5 kilometer. This way, you reach the 2.000 meter limit. About time for a reward, because suddenly, the climb drops sharply for a few hundred meters.
Not for long though. A few minutes later you're climbing again to 10%. You reach the Casse Déserte with the monument of Fausto Coppi and Louison Bobet. The summit is within reach now. A few hairpin turns and you're there. To rest, you can visit the small museum about the Tour de France at the top.
The Col de l'Izoard is situated in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
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Starting from Pont Montbardon (Guillestre),
the Col de l'Izoard ascent is 15.9 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1095 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 6.9 %.
The maximum slope is 12 %.
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Since 2005, the Col de l'Izoard will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2011 : Pinerolo > Galibier Serre-Chevalier on 21/07/2011
Giro d'Italia 2007 : Scalenghe - Briançon on 24/05/2007
Tour de France 2006 : Gap - L'Alpe d'Huez on 17/07/2006
Col de l'Izoard from Pont Montbardon (Guillestre) in 3D, on Googleearth!
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