Col de Portet d'Aspet

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Col de Portet d'Aspet
Col de Portet d'Aspet.jpg
The summit of the Col de Portet d'Aspet
Elevation 1,069 m (3,507 ft)
Traversed by D618
Location Haute-Garonne, France
Range Pyrenees
Coordinates 42°56′41″N 0°51′15″E / 42.94472°N 0.85417°E / 42.94472; 0.85417Coordinates: 42°56′41″N 0°51′15″E / 42.94472°N 0.85417°E / 42.94472; 0.85417
Col de Portet d'Aspet is located in Pyrenees
Col de Portet d'Aspet
Col de Portet d'Aspet
Location in the Pyrenees

The Col de Portet d'Aspet is a mountain pass in the central Pyrenees in the department of Haute-Garonne in France. It is situated on the D618 road between Aspet and Saint-Girons . At 1,069 metres (3,507 ft), it connects the Ger and Bouigane valleys, on the slopes of the Pic de Paloumère (1608 m).

Details of climb[edit]

Starting from Audressein (Ariège), the climb is 18.14 km long. Over this distance, the climb is 557 m. (an average percentage of 3.1%). The climb proper starts at St. Lary, 5.9 km from the summit (at 6.8%), with the steepest sections being at 10.6% near the summit.

Starting from Aspet (Haute-Garonne), the climb is 14.31 km long. Over this distance, the climb is 594 m. (an average percentage of 4.2%). The climb proper starts at the D618/D44 junction (also the start of the climb to the Col de Menté), 4.4 km from the summit (at 9.6%), with several sections in excess of 11%; the maximum gradient is 12.6%, 3 km from the summit.

Appearances in Tour de France[edit]

The Col de Portet d'Aspet was first used in the Tour de France in 1910 and has appeared regularly since. The leader over the summit in 1910 was Octave Lapize.

Since 1947, the Col has featured 27 times (including on stage 15 of the 2007 tour). The 15th stage was selected for the 2007 L'Étape du Tour, in which amateur and club riders ride over a full stage of the tour.

Year Stage Category Leader at the summit
2013 9 2 Arnold Jeannesson
2011 14 2 Mickaël Delage
2010 15 2 Thomas Voeckler
2007 15 2 Laurent Lefevre
2005 15 2 Erik Dekker
2004 13 2 Sylvain Chavanel
2003 14 2 Richard Virenque
2002 12 2 Laurent Jalabert
2001 13 2 Laurent Roux
1998 11 2 Alberto Elli
1997 10 2 Laurent Brochard
1995 15 2 Richard Virenque
1988 15 2 Steven Rooks
1984 11 1 Theo de Rooij
1973 13 3 Raymond Martin
1972 9 2 Christian Raymond
1971 14 3 José-Manuel Fuente
1969 16 3 Raymond Delisle
1967 16 3 Fernando Manzanèque
1966 12 2 Julio Jiménez
1965 10 2 Julio Jiménez
1964 15 3 Julio Jiménez
1963 12 2 Federico Bahamontes
1962 14 2 Federico Bahamontes
1960 12 2 Joseph Planckaert
1958 15 2 Federico Bahamontes
1957 17 3 Michel Stolker
1956 13 2 Charly Gaul
1951 15 3 Gino Bartali
1947 14 2 Albert Bourlon

In the 1973 tour Raymond Poulidor almost lost his life on the descent from the Portet d'Aspet when he plunged off the road into a ravine, taking a serious blow to the head and crawling out with the help of the race director, Jacques Goddet.

Fabio Casartelli[edit]

The monument to Fabio Casartelli

On July 18, 1995 during the fifteenth stage of the 1995 Tour de France, Fabio Casartelli and a few other riders crashed on the descent of the Col de Portet d'Aspet. Casartelli sustained heavy facial and head injuries and lost consciousness. While being transported via helicopter to a local hospital, he stopped breathing and after numerous resuscitation attempts was declared dead.

The Société du Tour de France and the Motorola team placed a memorial stone dedication to Fabio Casartelli on the spot where he crashed.

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