Col d'Izoard

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Col d'Izoard
Mémorial col de l'Izoard.jpg
Memorial at the top of Col d'Izoard
Elevation 2,360 m (7,743 ft)
Traversed by D902
Location Hautes-Alpes, France
Range Alps
Coordinates 44°49′12″N 06°44′07″E / 44.82000°N 6.73528°E / 44.82000; 6.73528Coordinates: 44°49′12″N 06°44′07″E / 44.82000°N 6.73528°E / 44.82000; 6.73528
Col d'Izoard is located in Alps
Col d'Izoard
Col d'Izoard
Location of Col d'Izoard

Col d'Izoard (2,360 m (7,743 ft)) is a mountain pass in the Alps in the department of Hautes-Alpes in France.

It is accessible in summer via the D902 road, connecting Briançon on the north and the valley of the Guil in Queyras, which ends at Guillestre in the south. There are forbidding and barren scree slopes with protruding pinnacles of weathered rock on the upper south side. Known as the Casse Déserte, this area has formed a dramatic backdrop to some key moments in the Tour de France, and often feature in iconic 1950s black-and-white photos of the race.[1] [2]

Details of the climb[edit]

Altimetry of the climb.

From the south, the climb starts at Guillestre from where it is 31.5 km (19.6 mi) in length, at an average gradient of 4.8%. The climb proper starts at the junction with the D947, near Chateau Queyras from where the ascent is 15.9 km (9.9 mi) long.[1] Over this distance, the climb gains 1,095 m (3,593 ft) at an average of 6.9% and a maximum gradient of 10%.[3]

The climb from Briançon to the Col is 20.0 km (12.4 mi) in length, climbing 1,141 m (3,743 ft) at an average gradient of 5.7 % and a maximum gradient of 9.4%.[4] In general, the col is closed from October to early June.

Tour de France[edit]

The Col d'Izoard is frequently on the route of the Tour de France, where it is frequently classified as an Hors Categorie climb.[5][6]

Several of the Tour de France's more memorable moments have occurred on the Col d'Izoard, particularly the exploits of Fausto Coppi, Bernard Thevenet and Louison Bobet. A small cycling museum is at the summit, along with a memorial to Coppi and Bobet.

Appearances in the Tour de France[edit]

Year Name Country
2011 Maxim Iglinsky  Kazakhstan
2006 Stefano Garzelli  Italy
2003 Aitor Garmendia Arbilla  Spain
2000 Santiago Botero  Colombia
1993 Claudio Chiappucci  Italy
1989 Pascal Richard   Switzerland
1986 Eduardo Chozas  Spain
1976 Lucien Van Impe  Belgium
1975 Bernard Thévenet  France
1973 José-Manuel Fuente  Spain
1972 Eddy Merckx  Belgium
1965 Joaquim Galera  Spain
1960 Imerio Massignan  Italy
1958 Federico Bahamontes  Spain
1956 Valentin Huot  France
1954 Louison Bobet  France
1953 Louison Bobet  France
1951 Fausto Coppi  Italy
1950 Louison Bobet  France
1949 Fausto Coppi  Italy
1948 Gino Bartali  Italy
1947 Jean Robic  France
1939 Sylvère Maes  Belgium
1938 Gino Bartali  Italy
1937 Julian Berrendero  Spain
1936 Sylvère Maes  Belgium
1927 Nicolas Frantz  Luxembourg
1926 Bartolomeo Aymo  Italy
1925 Bartolomeo Aymo  Italy
1924 Nicolas Frantz  Luxembourg
1923 Henri Pélissier  France
1922 Philippe Thijs  Belgium

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Col d'Izoard - 2360 metres". Grenoble Cycling. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Université Libre de Bruxelles
  3. ^ "Col de l'Izoard: Guillestre". Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Col de l'Izoard: Briançon". Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Le col d'Izoard dans le Tour de France depuis 1947" (in French). ledicodutour. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Complete list of crossings". Le Col d'Izoard. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 

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