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)[1]
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 (1,069 metres (3,507 ft)) 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 and connects the Ger and Bouigane valleys, on the slopes of the Pic de Paloumère (1,608 metres (5,276 ft)).

Details of climb[edit]

Starting from Audressein, in Ariège, the climb is 18.1 km (11.2 mi) long. Over this distance, the climb is 557 m (1,827 ft) at an average gradient of 3.1%. The climb proper starts at Saint-Lary, 5.9 km (3.7 mi) and 393 m (1,289 ft) from the summit (at 6.8%), with the steepest sections being at 10.6% near the summit.[2]

Starting from Aspet, in Haute-Garonne, the climb is 14.3 km (8.9 mi) long. Over this distance, the climb is 594 m (1,949 ft) at an average gradient 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 (2.7 mi)/436 m (1,430 ft) from the summit (at 9.6%), with several sections in excess of 11%; the maximum gradient is 12.8%, 3 km (2 mi) from the summit.[3]

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.[4]

Since 1947, the Col has featured 30 times including on Stage 16 of the 2014 race.[5]

Year Stage Category Start Finish Leader at the summit
2014 16 2 Carcassonne Bagnères-de-Luchon
2013 9 2 Saint-Girons Bagnères-de-Bigorre  Arnold Jeannesson (FRA)
2011 14 2 Saint-Gaudens Plateau de Beille  Mickaël Delage (FRA)
2010 15 2 Pamiers Bagnères-de-Luchon  Thomas Voeckler (FRA)
2007 15 2 Foix Loudenvielle  Laurent Lefevre (FRA)
2005 15 2 Lézat-sur-Lèze Pla d'Adet  Erik Dekker (NED)
2004 13 2 Lannemezan Plateau de Beille  Sylvain Chavanel (FRA)
2003 14 2 Saint-Girons Loudenvielle  Richard Virenque (FRA)
2002 12 2 Lannemezan Plateau de Beille  Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
2001 13 2 Foix Pla d'Adet  Laurent Roux (FRA)
1998 11 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Plateau de Beille  Alberto Elli (ITA)
1997 10 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Andorre Arcalis  Laurent Brochard (FRA)
1995 15 2 Saint-Girons Cauterets  Richard Virenque (FRA)
1988 15 2 Saint-Girons Luz-Ardiden  Steven Rooks (NED)
1984 11 1 Pau Guzet-Neige  Theo de Rooij (NED)
1973 13 3 Bourg-Madame Bagnères-de-Luchon  Raymond Martin (FRA)
1972 9 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Colomiers  Christian Raymond (FRA)
1971 14 3 Revel Bagnères-de-Luchon  José-Manuel Fuente (ESP)
1969 16 3 Castelnaudary Bagnères-de-Luchon  Raymond Delisle (FRA)
1967 16 3 Toulouse Bagnères-de-Luchon  Fernando Manzanèque (ESP)
1966 12 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Revel  Julio Jiménez (ESP)
1965 10 2 Bagnères-de-Bigorre Ax-les-Thermes  Julio Jiménez (ESP)
1964 15 3 Toulouse Bagnères-de-Luchon  Julio Jiménez (ESP)
1963 12 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Toulouse  Federico Bahamontes (ESP)
1962 14 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Carcassonne  Federico Bahamontes (ESP)
1960 12 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Toulouse  Joseph Planckaert (BEL)
1958 15 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Toulouse  Federico Bahamontes (ESP)
1957 17 3 Ax-les-Thermes Saint-Gaudens  Michel Stolker (NED)
1956 13 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Toulouse  Charly Gaul (LUX)
1951 15 3 Bagnères-de-Luchon Carcassonne  Gino Bartali (ITA)
1947 14 2 Carcassonne Bagnères-de-Luchon  Albert Bourlon (FRA)

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.[6]

Fabio Casartelli[edit]

The monument to Fabio Casartelli

On 18 July 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 Casartelli on the spot where he crashed.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IGN map
  2. ^ "Col de Portet d'Aspet - Audressein". climbbybike. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Col de Portet d'Aspet - Aspet". climbbybike. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Woodland, Les (2003). The Yellow Jersey companion to the Tour de France. Random House. p. 264. ISBN 0-224-06318-9. 
  5. ^ "Le col de Portet-d'Aspet dans le Tour de France depuis 1947" (in French). ledicodutour. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  6. ^ L'Équipe. The Official Tour de France Centennial. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. p. 244. ISBN 1-84188-239-9. 
  7. ^ Woodland, Les (2003). The Yellow Jersey companion to the Tour de France. Random House. p. 79. ISBN 0-224-06318-9. 

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