Col du Granon
|Col du Granon|
Col du Granon
|Elevation||2,413 m (7,917 ft)|
|Range||Massif des Cerces (Alps)|
Col du Granon (el. 2,413 m or 7,917 ft) is a high mountain pass in the Alps in the department of Hautes-Alpes in France. A narrow tarmac road winds steeply up the southern approach. Gravel roads continue beyond the pass, in a military training zone.It hosted the highest ever mountain-top stage finish in the Tour de France—once only—in 1986, until the 2011 Tour de France, that had a finish in the Col du Galibier, at 2,645 m (8,678 ft) of altitude. Eduardo Chozas of Spain won the stage after a long lone breakaway.
Two roads lead to the pass at 2,645 m (8,678 ft). The D234T climbs 11.5 kilometres (7.1 mi) with a 9% average gradient from Saint-Chaffrey at an altitude of 1,364 metres (4,475 ft). From the east a dirt road to the military pass at Val-des-Prés climbs 15.3 kilometres (9.5 mi) at almost 7% gradient.
Tour de France - first rider to the top
- List of highest paved roads in Europe
- List of mountain passes
- Ouvrage Col du Granon, part of the Alpine Line fortifications of southeastern France
- Cycling Col du Granon - Elevation Profile, Map, Photos
- Le col du Granon dans le Tour de France (in French)
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