Col du Télégraphe

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Col du Télégraphe
Vue télégraphe.jpg
Elevation1,566 m (5,138 ft)
LocationAuvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France
RangeGraian Alps
Coordinates45°12′9″N 6°26′40″E / 45.20250°N 6.44444°E / 45.20250; 6.44444
Col du Télégraphe is located in Alps
Col du Télégraphe
Col du Télégraphe
Location of Col du Télégraphe

Col du Télégraphe is a mountain pass in the French Alps situated above the Maurienne valley between the eastern end of the massif d'Arvan-Villards and the massif des Cerces.

The pass links Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne to the north and Valloire to the south, as well as forming an access point to the col du Galibier via its north face.

The route is often used during the ascent to Col du Galibier in the Tour de France, and is thus popular with cyclists.

Details of the climb[edit]

Sign at the top of the Col du Télégraphe

From the north, starting at Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, the climb is 11.8 kilometres (7.3 mi) long, gaining 856 metres (2,808 ft) in height (an average of 7.3%). The maximum gradient is 9.8% at the summit. On this side mountain pass cycling milestones are placed every kilometre. They indicate the current height, the distance to the summit, the average slope in the following kilometre, and the number of the street. As of July 2015, some milestones are missing in the middle part of the climb.

From the south, the climb starts at Valloire and is 4.8 kilometres (3.0 mi) long at an average gradient of 3.4% (height gain: 165 metres (541 ft)).

The Tour de France[edit]

Descent of the Col du Télégraphe during the 1936 Tour de France

The Col du Télégraphe was first used in the Tour de France in 1911; the first rider over the summit was Emile Georget.

Since 1947, the Col du Télégraphe has been crossed 29 times by the Tour de France. On several of those occasions it has not been ranked for points in the King of the Mountains competition, being treated as part of the descent from the Col du Galibier, and has been ranked for points only 18 times.

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

Year Stage Category Start Finish Leader at the summit
2022 11 1 Albertville Col du Granon  Pierre Latour (FRA)
2017 17 1 La Mure Serre-Chevalier  Primož Roglič (SLO)
2011 19 1 Modane Alpe d'Huez  Gorka Izagirre (ESP)
2007 9 1 Val d'Isère Briançon  Mikel Astarloza (ESP)
2005 11 1 Courchevel Briançon  Santiago Botero (COL)
2003 8 2 Sallanches Alpe-d'Huez  Pierrick Fédrigo (FRA)
1999 9 1 Le Grand-Bornand Sestrières  José-Luis Arrieta (ESP)
1998 15 2 Grenoble Les Deux-Alpes  Rodolfo Massi (ITA)
1993 10 2 Villard-de-Lans Serre-Chevalier  Thierry Claveyrolat (FRA)
1989 17 4 Briançon Alpe-d'Huez  Franco Vona (ITA)
1980 17 3 Serre-Chevalier Morzine  Johan De Muynck (NED)
1979 17 2 Moûtiers Alpe-d'Huez  Giovanni Battaglin (ITA)
1974 11 2 Aix-les-Bains Serre-Chevalier  Herman Van Springel (BEL)
1972 14b 3 Valloire Aix-les-Bains  Pietro Campagnari (ITA)
1969 10 2 Chamonix Briançon  Joaquim Galera (ESP)
1967 10 2 Divonne-les-Bains Briançon  Julio Jiménez (ESP)
1966 16 2 Bourg-d'Oisans Briançon  Julio Jimenez (ESP)
1964 8 2 Thonon-les-Bains Briançon  Federico Bahamontes (ESP)
1957 10 2 Thonon-les-Bains Briançon  Gastone Nencini (ITA)
1955 8 2 Thonon-les-Bains Briançon  Charly Gaul (LUX)
1947 8 1 Grenoble Briançon  Fermo Camellini (ITA)

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