Cormet de Roselend

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Cormet de Roselend
Lac du Roselend.jpg
Lac de Roselend near the pass
Elevation1,967 m (6,453 ft)
Traversed byD 925
LocationSavoie, France
Coordinates45°41′28″N 06°41′26″E / 45.69111°N 6.69056°E / 45.69111; 6.69056Coordinates: 45°41′28″N 06°41′26″E / 45.69111°N 6.69056°E / 45.69111; 6.69056
Cormet de Roselend is located in Alps
Cormet de Roselend
Cormet de Roselend
Location of Cormet de Roselend

Cormet de Roselend (el. 1967 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Alps in the department of Savoie in France.

It connects Beaufort in the Beaufortain valley and Bourg-Saint-Maurice in the Tarentaise Valley. On the west side of the pass lies the Lac de Roselend, a reservoir that can be reached by the Col de Méraillet or the Col du Pré.

Details of climb[edit]

On the north-western side, starting from Beaufort, the climb is 20.3 km long. Over this distance, the climb is 1227 m. (an average percentage of 6.0%), with the steepest sections at 10.0%.

From Bourg-Saint-Maurice to the south-east, the Cormet de Roselend is 19.35 km long. Over this distance, the climb is 1154 m. (an average percentage of 6.0%), with the steepest sections at 8.9%.

Appearances in Tour de France[edit]

The pass was first included in the Tour de France in 1979 and has since featured 13 times, most recently in stage 9 of the 2021 Tour de France.[1]

Year Stage Category Start Finish Leader at the summit
2021 9 1 Cluses Tignes  Nairo Quintana (COL)
2020 18 1 Méribel La Roche-sur-Foron  Marc Hirschi (SUI)
2018 11 2 Albertville La Rosière  Warren Barguil (FRA)
2009 17 1 Bourg-Saint-Maurice Le Grand-Bornand  Franco Pellizotti (ITA)[2]
2007 8 1 Le Grand-Bornand Tignes  Michael Rasmussen (DEN)
2005 10 1 Grenoble Courchevel  Laurent Brochard (FRA)
2002 17 1 Aime Cluses  Mario Aerts (BEL)
1996 7 1 Chambéry Les Arcs  Udo Bölts (GER)
1995 9 1 Le Grand-Bornand La Plagne  Alex Zülle (SUI)
1992 13 1 Saint-GervaisMont Blanc Sestrières  Claudio Chiappucci (ITA)
1987 22 1 La Plagne Morzine  Mathieu Hermans (NED)
1984 19 1 La Plagne Morzine  Francis Castaing (FRA)
1979 16 1 Morzine Les Menuires  Henk Lubberding (NED)

One of the most memorable years for the Cormet de Roselend was the 1996 Tour de France. It was just before the summit on the Cormet de Roselend that Frenchman Stéphane Heulot cracked, lost the Maillot Jaune and bowed out of the race.[3] It was also on the Cormet de Roselend that Johan Bruyneel overshot a fast left-hand bend and disappeared over the edge, as he descended towards Bourg-St-Maurice. Spectators feared the worst but thankfully Bruyneel managed to climb back up, apparently unscathed.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Le Cormet de Roselend dans le Tour de France". (in French). Retrieved 2022-08-03.
  2. ^ "Pellizotti banned for two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport". 8 March 2011.
  3. ^ This is material that comes from a book. (Friebe and Goding, Mountain Higher, 2013, page 147)
  4. ^ YouTube video

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