Col de Val Louron-Azet

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Col de Val Louron-Azet
Panorama col d'Azet - Pyrénées.jpg
A panorama of the Col d'Azet in the direction of the Louron Valley.
Elevation1,580 m (5,184 ft)[1]
Traversed byD225
LocationHautes Pyrenees, France
Coordinates42°47′31″N 0°22′52″E / 42.79194°N 0.38111°E / 42.79194; 0.38111Coordinates: 42°47′31″N 0°22′52″E / 42.79194°N 0.38111°E / 42.79194; 0.38111
Col de Val Louron-Azet is located in Pyrenees
Col de Val Louron-Azet
Col de Val Louron-Azet
Location in the Pyrenees

The Col de Val Louron-Azet (or Col d'Azet) (elevation 1,580 m (5,180 ft)) is a mountain pass in the French Pyrenees in the department of Hautes Pyrenees, which links Saint-Lary-Soulan and Azet, in the Aure Valley to the west, with Génos and Loudenvielle in the Louron Valley to the east. To the east of the pass is the Val-Louron ski station, and the GR10 footpath is also nearby.[2]

Details of climb[edit]

Starting from Génos, the hairpin climb is 7.4 km (4.6 mi) long. Over this distance, the climb is 622 m (2,041 ft) at an average gradient of 8.3%, with the steepest section being at 13%.[3]

Starting from Bazus-Aure, near to Saint-Lary-Soulan, the climb is 12 km (7.5 mi) long. Over this distance, the climb is 807 m (2,648 ft) at an average gradient of 6.7%, with the steepest sections being at 11.8%.[4]

Appearances in Tour de France[edit]

The Col de Val Louron-Azet was first used in the Tour de France in 1997, since when it has featured six times, most recently in 2014.[5]

Year Stage Category Start Finish Leader at the summit
2014 17 1 Saint-Gaudens Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
2013 9 1 Saint-Girons Bagnères-de-Bigorre  Simon Clarke (AUS)
2005 15 1 Lézat-sur-Lèze Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet  Laurent Brochard (FRA)
2001 13 1 Foix Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet  Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
1999 15 1 Saint-Gaudens Piau-Engaly  Fernando Escartin (ESP)
1997 9 1 Pau Loudenvielle-Vallée du Louron  Marco Pantani (ITA)


  1. ^ IGN map
  2. ^ "From Oule Lake (Hautes-Pyrenees) to Araing Lake (Ariege)". Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Col de Val-Louron Azet - Genos". Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Col d'Azet - Bazus Aure". Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Col de Val Louron-Azet dans le Tour de France" (in French). ledicodutour. Retrieved 12 July 2014.

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