Col de la Colombière

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Col de la Colombière
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Col de la Colombière
Elevation1,613 m (5,292 ft)
Traversed byD4
LocationHaute-Savoie, France
Coordinates45°59′32″N 06°28′33″E / 45.99222°N 6.47583°E / 45.99222; 6.47583Coordinates: 45°59′32″N 06°28′33″E / 45.99222°N 6.47583°E / 45.99222; 6.47583
Col de la Colombière is located in Alps
Col de la Colombière
Col de la Colombière
Location of Col de la Colombière

Col de la Colombière (elevation 1613 m) is a mountain pass in the Alps in the department of Haute-Savoie in France.

It connects Cluses in the Arve valley with Le Grand-Bornand in the Bourne valley. The road then leads further to Annecy or over Col des Aravis to the Arly valley and is situated between the Massif des Bornes to the north-west and the Chaîne des Aravis to the south-east.

The pass is not an important traffic route because there are better roads that parallel it, particularly the A40 autoroute.

Details of climb[edit]

Although the pass is not very high, it is technically difficult for cyclists.[citation needed]

Starting from Scionzier, the climb is 16.3 km long. Over this distance, the climb is 1108 m (an average percentage of 6.8%). The steepest section is 10.2% near the summit. From Le Grand-Bornand, the Col de la Colombière is 11.7 km long. Over this distance, the climb is 690 m (an average percentage of 5.9%).[citation needed]

On 31 May 2015, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg near the start of the climb in Scionzier.[1]

Appearances in Tour de France[edit]

The pass was first included in the Tour de France in 1960 and has since featured 22 times, most recently in 2018.[2]

Year Stage Category Leader at the summit
2018 10 1  Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
2016 20 1  Thomas De Gendt (BEL)
2010 9 1  Christophe Moreau (FRA)
2009 17 1  Fränk Schleck (LUX)
2007 7 1  Linus Gerdemann (GER)
2006 17 1  Floyd Landis (USA)
2002 17 1  Mario Aerts (BEL)
2000 16 1  Marco Pantani (ITA)
1997 15 1  Richard Virenque (FRA)
1994 18 1  Piotr Ugrumov (LAT)
1991 18 1  Thierry Claveyrolat (FRA)
1990 10 1  Thierry Claveyrolat (FRA)
1987 22 1  Eduardo Chozas (ESP)
1985 12 1  Luis Herrera (COL)
1984 19 1  Jérôme Simon (FRA)
1983 18 1  Jacques Michaud (FRA)
1982 17 1  Jean-René Bernaudeau (FRA)
1980 18 1  Ludo Loos (BEL)
1978 17 1  René Bittinger (FRA)
1975 17 2  Vicente López Carril (ESP)
1968 19 2  Barry Hoban (GBR)
1960 18 2  Fernando Manzaneque (ESP)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gordon, Michael R. (31 May 2015). "John Kerry Cuts Europe Trip Short After Breaking Leg in Bicycle Accident". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Le col de la Colombière dans le Tour de France". Retrieved 23 July 2016.

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