Col du Télégraphe

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Col du Télégraphe
Elevation 1,566 m (5,138 ft)
Location Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Range Graian Alps
Coordinates 45°12′9″N 6°26′40″E / 45.20250°N 6.44444°E / 45.20250; 6.44444

Col du Télégraphe is a mountain pass in the French Alps situated above the Maurienne valley between the eastern end of the massif d'Arvan-Villards and the massif des Cerces.

The pass links Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne to the north and Valloire to the south, as well as forming an access point to the col du Galibier via its north face.

The route is often used during the ascent to Col du Galibier in the Tour de France, and is thus popular with cyclists.

Details of the climb[edit]

Sign at the top of the Col du Télégraphe

From the north, starting at Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, the climb is 11.8 km long, gaining 856 m. in height (an average of 7.3%). The maximum gradient is 9.8% at the summit.

From the south, the climb starts at Valloire and is 4.8 km long at an average gradient of 3.4% (height gain: 165 m).

The Tour de France[edit]

The Col du Télégraphe was first used in the Tour de France in 1911; the first rider over the summit was Emile Georget.

Since 1947, the Col du Télégraphe has been crossed 29 times by the Tour de France. On several of those occasions it has not been ranked for points in the King of the Mountains competition, being treated as part of the descent from the Col du Galibier, and has been ranked for points only 18 times.

Appearances in the Tour de France (since 1947)[edit]

Year Stage Category Leader at the summit
2011 19 1 Gorka Izagirre
2007 9 1 Mikel Astarloza
2005 11 1 Santiago Botero
2003 8 2 Pierrick Fédrigo
1999 9 1 José-Luis Arrieta
1998 15 2 Rodolfo Massi
1993 10 2 Thierry Claveyrolat
1987 21 2 Thierry Claveyrolat
1979 17 2 Giovanni Battaglin
1974 11 2 Herman Van Springel
1972 14a 3 Pietro Campagnari
1969 10 2 Joaquim Galera
1967 10 2 Julio Jiménez
1966 16 2 Julio Jimenez
1964 8 2 Federico Bahamontes
1957 10 2 Gastone Nencini
1955 8 2 Charly Gaul
1954 19 HC Jean Dotto
1947 8 1 Fermo Camellini

See also[edit]

  • Fort du Télégraphe, the fortification at the crest of the pass, the location of the semaphore station that gave the pass its name

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