Col d'Ornon

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Col d'Ornon
Col d'Ornon.jpg
Col d'Ornon in spring seen from the road to the village of Ornon
Elevation 1,360 m (4,462 ft)
Traversed by D526
Location Isère, France
Range Dauphiné Alps
Coordinates 45°0′32″N 5°58′3″E / 45.00889°N 5.96750°E / 45.00889; 5.96750Coordinates: 45°0′32″N 5°58′3″E / 45.00889°N 5.96750°E / 45.00889; 5.96750
Col d'Ornon is located in Alps
Col d'Ornon
Col d'Ornon
Location of Col d'Ornon

Col d'Ornon (1,360 m (4,462 ft)) is a mountain pass through the Dauphiné Alps in the department of Isère in France which connects the communities of Le Bourg-d'Oisans and La Mure. The climb is used occasionally in the Tour de France cycle race, including on the "Queen stage" on 18 July 2013 which finishes with two ascents to Alpe d'Huez.[1]

Details of the climb[edit]

From the south, the climb starts at Entraigues, from where the ascent is 14.4 km (8.9 mi) long gaining 563 m (1,847 ft) in height at an average gradient of 3.9%.[2] For the 2013 Tour de France, the climb officially starts at the village of Chantelouve (1,030 m (3,379 ft)) from where the climb to the summit, ranked Category 2, is a further 5.1 km (3.2 mi) at a gradient of 6.7%.[1]

From the north, the climb commences 3 km (2 mi) from Le Bourg-d'Oisans at La Paute in the Romanche valley. The ascent is 11.1 km (6.9 mi) long, climbing 643 m (2,110 ft) at an average gradient of 5.8%.[3]

Tour de France[edit]

The Col d'Ornon was first used in the Tour de France in 1966 when the leader over the summit was Luis Otaño. Since then, the Tour has passed the summit on seven occasions, usually as a Second Category climb, including on Stage 18 of the 2013 Tour.[4]

Appearances in Tour de France[edit]

Year Stage Category Start Finish Leader at the summit
2017 17 2 La Mure Serre Chevalier  Michael Matthews (AUS)
2013 18 2 Gap Alpe d'Huez  Arnold Jeannesson (FRA)
2002 15 2 Vaison-la-Romaine Les Deux-Alpes  Axel Merckx (BEL)
1994 16 2 Valréas Alpe d'Huez  Ángel Camargo (COL)
1991 17 2 Gap Alpe d'Huez  Pello Ruiz Cabestany (ESP)
1982 16 2 Orcières-Merlette Alpe d'Huez  Bernard Vallet (FRA)
1979 18 3 Alpe d'Huez Alpe d'Huez  Bernard Bourreau (FRA)
1966 15 2 Privas Le Bourg-d'Oisans  Luis Otaño (ESP)


  1. ^ a b "Stage 18: Gap / Alpe-d'Huez". Le Tour de France. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Col d'Ornon: Entraigues". Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Col d'Ornon: La Paute". Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Le col d'Ornon dans le Tour de France" (in French). ledicodutour. Retrieved 18 July 2013.

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