Hautacam is a ski resort in the Pyrenees. It is situated in the Hautes-Pyrénées department, in the Midi-Pyrénées region. The winter sports station lies at a height of 1560 meters. In road bicycle racing, the ascent to Hautacam is known as a tough climb, featuring many times in the Tour de France.
Details of climb
Starting from Argelès-Gazost (465 m.), the climb to Hautacam (1560 m.) is 15.8 km long. Over this distance, the climb is 1170 m. (an average of 6.8%), with some short sections at 10%. The 2008 Tour de France finish is at a height of 1520 m.
Tour de France
Tour de France stage finishes
|Year||Stage||Start of stage||Distance (km)||Category of climb||Stage winner||Yellow jersey|
|2008||10||Pau||156||HC||Juan José Cobo||Cadel Evans|
|2000||10||Dax||205||HC||Javier Otxoa||none |
|1996||16||Agen||199||HC||Bjarne Riis||Bjarne Riis|
|1994||11||Cahors||263.5||HC||Luc Leblanc||Miguel Indurain|
It was on the climb to Hautacam that Lance Armstrong set up his victory in the 2000 Tour de France, until being disqualified for doping. In appalling weather, the race arrived at the first mountain stage, with Javier Otxoa the only survivor from an early break. On the final climb, Armstrong went off alone into the wind and rain leaving his challengers struggling, pushing Jan Ullrich into second place by four minutes. Once Armstrong had taken the Maillot Jaune, he was never seriously challenged until the end of the race.
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- Official website
- Climb details on www.climbbybike.com
- Lourdes-Hautacam dans le Tour de France (French)
- Hautacam on Google Maps (Tour de France classic climbs)