One of the big three in the tour, along with the Aubisque and the Galibier.
On the west side (Luz), the Tourmalet a very steady climb of nearly 8%.
The climb begins immediately upon leaving Luz-Saint-Sauveur. In the forest, the gradient hovers around 8%.
After 4 kilometers, there is a small area where you can catch some breath, but until Barèges it goes steadily up again with even a small piece up to 12% just before Barèges.
After Barèges you leave the forest and you will find yourself amidst the meadows. Time to take some breath again, but then it goes back towards 9%.
The best however is retained for the final kilometer with an average of 10.5% and pieces up to 13%.
Please note that the Col du Tourmalet is closed from early November to early May.
The Col du Tourmalet is situated in Midi-Pyrenees
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Starting from Luz Saint Sauveur,
the Col du Tourmalet ascent is 19 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1404 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 7.4 %.
Look for other sides to climb the Col du Tourmalet.
Since 2005, the Col du Tourmalet will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2012 : Pau > Bagnères de Luchon on 18/07/2012
Tour de France 2010 : Pau > Col du Tourmalet on 22/07/2010
Tour de France 2006 : Tarbes - Val d'Aran - Pla-de-Beret on 12/07/2006
Col du Tourmalet from Luz Saint Sauveur in 3D, on Googleearth!
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