The col that isn't really one, except for the last few miles. During the first 12 kilometers after Audressein, to be reached on the D618 from St. Girons, you barely win 150 meters altitude.
Actually the col only starts in Saint-Lary and is only 6 kilometers long. On top of that, the first 4 kilometers after Saint-Lary are anything but steep. Only after you've passed Portet d'Aspet the gradient becomes like you'd expect from a Pyrenean col.
Four hairpin turns will take you quickly to the top of this pseudo-col, who will be catapulted into the second category in the Tour. You'll be at barely more than 1000 meters altitude and on top of the col there's little or nothing to see between the woods. Often you're sitting here in the fog and you don't have the feeling of standing on top of a col.
However, pay attention during the short descent. The road reaches percentages of up to 17% (indicated by signs). It is on this road that Fabio Casartelli died during the Tour of 1995. So don't drive too fast and stop at the monument that was erected in his honour.
The Col de Portet d'Aspet is situated in Midi-Pyrenees.
This climb belongs to the Pyrenees.
The Col de Portet d'Aspet via Audressein is ranked number 396 of the Pyrenees.
Starting from Audressein,
the Col de Portet d'Aspet ascent is 18.14 km long. Over this distance, you climb 557 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 3.1 %.
Other sides of this climb:
Col de Portet dAspet via Aspet
Since 2005, the Col de Portet d'Aspet will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2018 : Carcassonne - Bagnères-de-Luchon on 22/07/2018
Tour de France 2015 : Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille on 16/07/2015
Tour de France 2014 : Carcassonne -Bagnères-de-Luchon on 22/07/2014
Tour de France 2013 : Saint-Girons - Bagnères-de-Bigorre on 07/07/2013
Tour de France 2010 : Pamiers > Bagnères-de-Luchon on 19/07/2010
Col de Portet d'Aspet via Audressein popularity rank : 227
The Col de Portet d'Aspet has been climbed by 10 climbbybikers. It is ranked No. 227 as the most climbed climb in the world.
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