Col de Marie-Blanque

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Col de Marie-Blanque
Col de Marie-Blanque is located in Pyrenees
Col de Marie-Blanque
Col de Marie-Blanque
Location in the Pyrenees
Elevation1,035 m (3,396 ft)[1]
Traversed byD294
LocationPyrénées-Atlantiques, France
Coordinates43°4′13″N 0°30′27″W / 43.07028°N 0.50750°W / 43.07028; -0.50750Coordinates: 43°4′13″N 0°30′27″W / 43.07028°N 0.50750°W / 43.07028; -0.50750

Col de Marie-Blanque (elevation 1,035 m (3,396 ft)) is a mountain pass in the western Pyrenees in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques in France. The pass is situated south-east of Oloron-Sainte-Marie and connects the valleys of the Aspe and the Ossau rivers.

Details of the climb[edit]

The western side of the climb, starts from Escot on the N134. The climb is 9.3 km (5.8 mi) long at an average gradient of 7.7% (height gain – 715 m (2,346 ft)). Although relatively short, there are several long sections with gradients in excess of 11%.[2]

From Louvie-Juzon (east), the climb is 15.0 km (9.3 mi) long. Over this distance, it gains 615 m (2,018 ft) at an average gradient of 4.1%. The climb proper starts at Bielle on the D934 from where it is 11.5 km (7.1 mi) long, gaining 585 m (1,919 ft) at an average gradient of 5.1%, with a maximum of 8.5% near the start. En route, the climb passes the Plateau de Bénou.[3]

Tour de France[edit]

The pass was first used in the Tour de France in 1978 and has been crossed 14 times by the tour, including on stage 17 of the 2010 tour from Pau to the Col du Tourmalet.[4]

Appearances in Tour de France[edit]


Year Stage Category Start Finish Leader at the summit
2010 17 1 Pau Col du Tourmalet  Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP)
2007 16 1 Orthez GouretteCol d'Aubisque  Mauricio Soler (COL)
2006 10 1 Cambo-les-Bains Pau  Cyril Dessel (FRA)
2005 16 1 Mourenx Pau  Jörg Ludewig (DEU)
2000 10 1 Dax Hautacam  Javier Otxoa (ESP)
1996 17 2 Argelès-Gazost Pamplona  Neil Stephens (AUS)
1995 16 2 Tarbes Pau Stage neutralised
1992 2 1 San Sebastián Pau  Richard Virenque (FRA)
1990 17 1 Lourdes Pau  Dominique Arnaud (FRA)
1989 9 1 Pau Cauterets  Robert Forest (FRA)
1987 14 1 Pau Luz-Ardiden  Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (FRA)
1987 13 1 Bayonne Pau  Luis Herrera (COL)
1986 12 1 Bayonne Pau  Pedro Delgado (ESP)
1978 10 2 Biarritz Pau  Michel Pollentier (BEL)


  1. ^ IGN map
  2. ^ "Col de Marie Blanque: Escot". climbbybike. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Col de Marie Blanque: Luvie Juzon (stet)". climbbybike. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Le col de Marie-Blanque dans le Tour de France" (in French). ledicodutour. Retrieved 21 July 2012.

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