Col de la Madeleine

Coordinates: 45°26′05″N 6°22′32″E / 45.43472°N 6.37556°E / 45.43472; 6.37556
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Col de la Madeleine
North side of the Col de la Madeleine in January
Elevation1,993 m (6,539 ft)
Traversed byD213
LocationSavoie, France
Coordinates45°26′05″N 6°22′32″E / 45.43472°N 6.37556°E / 45.43472; 6.37556
Col de la Madeleine is located in Alps
Col de la Madeleine
Col de la Madeleine
Location of Col de la Madeleine

Col de la Madeleine (el. 1,993 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Alps in the department of Savoie in France which connects La Chambre in Maurienne with La Léchère in Tarentaise. The pass is closed from November to the beginning of June. It has been described as "beautiful, but heartbreaking".[1]


Details of the climb[edit]

Old sign at the summit

The southern approach from La Chambre (via the D213) is 19.05 km. long, gaining 1,522 m. at an average gradient of 8%.[2] Alternatively, the route via the D76 is 19.8 km. long, climbing 1,520 m. at an average of 7.7%.[3]

The northern approach can be accessed via Feissons-sur-Isère. From Feissons-sur-Isère (through La Léchère), the climb is 25.3 km. long, gaining 1,585 m. at an average gradient of 6.2%. For the 2012 Tour de France, the height at the summit is shown as 2,000 m., whereas in previous years it has been shown as 1,993 m.[4]

From Aigueblanche, the climb is 28.28 km. long, climbing 1,533 m. at an average of 5.4%.[5]

On both sides of the Col de la Madeleine mountain pass cycling milestones are placed every kilometre. They indicate the distance to the summit, the current height, and the average slope in the following kilometre. Such signposting for cyclists has become common in most major mountain passes in the French Pyrenees and Alps.

Appearances in Tour de France[edit]

The pass was first included in the Tour de France in 1969 and has since featured 25 times.[4]

It has been ranked hors catégorie, every year since 1995.

Year Stage Category Start Finish Leader at the summit
2020 17 HC Grenoble Méribel  Richard Carapaz (ECU)
2018 12 HC Bourg-Saint-Maurice Alpe d'Huez  Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
2013 19 HC Le Bourg-d'Oisans Le Grand-Bornand  Pierre Rolland (FRA)
2012 11 HC Albertville La Toussuire-Les Sybelles  Peter Velits (SVK)
2010 9 HC Morzine-Avoriaz Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne  Anthony Charteau (FRA)
2005 11 HC Courchevel Briançon  Santiago Botero (COL)
2004 17 HC Bourg d'Oisans Le Grand-Bornand  Gilberto Simoni (ITA)
2002 16 HC Les Deux Alpes La Plagne  Michael Boogerd (NED)
2001 10 HC Aix-les-Bains Alpe d'Huez  Laurent Roux (FRA)
2000 15 HC Briançon Courchevel  Massimiliano Lelli (ITA)
1998 16 HC Vizille Albertville  Jan Ullrich (GER)
1997 14 HC Le Bourg-d'Oisans Courchevel  Richard Virenque (FRA)
1996 7 HC Chambéry Les Arcs  Richard Virenque (FRA)
1995 10 HC La Plagne Alpe d'Huez  Richard Virenque (FRA)
1994 17 1 Le Bourg-d'Oisans Val Thorens  Piotr Ugrumov (LAT)
1990 11 HC Saint-Gervais Alpe d'Huez  Thierry Claveyrolat (FRA)
1988 12 1 Morzine Alpe d'Huez  Henri Abadie (FRA)
1987 21 HC Le Bourg-d'Oisans La Plagne  Anselmo Fuerte (ESP)
1984 18 HC Le Bourg-d'Oisans La Plagne  Pedro Delgado (ESP)
1983 18 HC Le Bourg-d'Oisans Morzine  Lucien Van Impe (BEL)
1981 19 1 Morzine Alpe d'Huez  Lucien Van Impe (BEL)
1980 17 HC Serre-Chevalier Morzine  Mariano Martínez (FRA)
1979 17 HC Les Menuires Alpe d'Huez  Lucien Van Impe (BEL)
1977 17 1 Chamonix Alpe d'Huez  André Chalmel (FRA)
1975 17 1 Valloire Morzine-Avoriaz  Francisco Galdós (ESP)
1973 8 2 Moûtiers Les Orres  Jean-Pierre Danguillaume (FRA)
1969 10 2 Chamonix Briançon  Andrés Gandarias (ESP)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "July 12: Stage 11". Tour de France 2012: Five key days to make or break Bradley Wiggins. Daily Telegraph. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Col de la Madeleine: La Chambre via D213". Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Col de la Madeleine: La Chambre via D76". Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Le col de la Madeleine dans le Tour de France". (in French). Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Col de la Madeleine: Aigueblanche". Retrieved 10 July 2012.

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