Col de Port

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Col de Port
Col de Port.jpg
Cows grazing at Col de Port
Elevation 1,250 m (4,101 ft)[1]
Traversed by D618
Location Ariège, France
Range Pyrenees
Coordinates 42°53′56″N 1°27′10″E / 42.89889°N 1.45278°E / 42.89889; 1.45278Coordinates: 42°53′56″N 1°27′10″E / 42.89889°N 1.45278°E / 42.89889; 1.45278
Col de Port is located in Pyrenees
Col de Port
Col de Port
Location of Col de Port

Col de Port (elevation 1,250 m (4,100 ft)) is a mountain pass in the French Pyrenees between Massat and Tarascon-sur-Ariège in the "massif de l'Arize". It links the Couserans and Ariège valleys.

The pass is used occasionally in the Tour de France and is popular with touring cyclists.

The name of the pass is tautological as Col means pass in French and Port means pass in Occitan.

Details of the climb[edit]

Starting from the D8/D618 junction, (Tarascon-sur-Ariège) (east) the Col de Port is 17.0 km (10.6 mi) long. Over this distance, the climb is 777 m (2,549 ft) (an average gradient of 4.6%). The steepest section is 9.2%.[2]

Starting from Massat, (west) the Col de Port is 12.8 km (8.0 mi) long. Over this distance, the climb is 601 m (1,972 ft) (an average gradient of 4.7%).[3]

From Massat, the D18 to the south links with the route from Aulus-les-Bains and Vicdessos between the Col d'Agnes (1,570 m (5,150 ft)) and the Port de Lers (1,517 m (4,977 ft)).

Tour de France[edit]

The Col de Port was first used in the Tour de France in 1910. The first cyclist over the summit was Octave Lapize.[4]

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

The Tour de France has crossed the summit 10 times since 1947, including on stage 15 of the 2007 tour.[5] The 15th stage was selected for the 2007 L'Étape du Tour, in which amateur and club riders ride over a full stage of the tour.

Year Stage Category Start Finish Leader at the summit
2009 8 2 Andorra la Vella Saint-Girons  Sandy Casar (FRA)
2007 15 2 Foix Loudenvielle  Juan Manuel Gárate (ESP)
2002 12 2 Lannemezan Plateau de Beille  Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
1998 11 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Plateau de Beille  Roland Meier (SUI)
1997 10 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon AndorraArcalis  Laurent Brochard (FRA)
1976 13 2 Font-Romeu Saint-Gaudens  Roland Smet (FRA)
1968 13 3 Saint-Gaudens La Seu d'Urgell  Andrés Gandarias (ESP)
1965 10 3 Bagnères-de-Bigorre Ax-les-Thermes  Rik Van Looy (BEL)
1957 17 Uncategorized Ax-les-Thermes Saint-Gaudens  Désiré Keteleer (BEL)
1947 14 2 Carcassonne Bagnères-de-Luchon  Albert Bourlon (FRA)

References[edit]

  1. ^ IGN map
  2. ^ "Col de Port - D 8 - D 618". climbbybike. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Col de Port - Massat". climbbybike. Retrieved 4 September 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 Port dans le Tour de France depuis 1947" (in French). ledicodutour. Retrieved 4 September 2014.