Col d'Aspin

Col d'Aspin (Occitan: Còth d'Aspin) (elevation 1,489 m (4,885 ft)) is a mountain pass in the French Pyrenees in the department of the Hautes-Pyrénées. It connects Sainte-Marie-de-Campan, in the upper Adour valley, with Arreau, on the River Neste.

Col d'Aspin
Aspin vers Arreau.jpg
View from the col d'Aspin showing the climb from Arreau.
Elevation1,489 m (4,885 ft)[1]
Traversed byD918
LocationFrance
RangePyrenees
Coordinates42°56′32.3″N 0°19′38.6″E / 42.942306°N 0.327389°E / 42.942306; 0.327389Coordinates: 42°56′32.3″N 0°19′38.6″E / 42.942306°N 0.327389°E / 42.942306; 0.327389
Col d'Aspin is located in Pyrenees
Col d'Aspin
Col d'Aspin
Location of Col d'Aspin

Details of the climbsEdit

 
Signpost at the summit providing information about the ascent from Arreau
 
Signpost at the summit providing information about the ascent from Sainte-Marie-de-Campan

From Sainte-Marie-de-Campan (west), the ascent is 12.8 km (8.0 mi) in length, gaining 642 m (2,106 ft) in height, at an average of 5%. In comparison with its neighbour, the Col du Tourmalet, this is considered an "easy" climb, with only the last five kilometres, at about 8%, being difficult.[2]

From Arreau (east), the climb is more difficult; over 12.0 km (7.5 mi) the climb averages 6.5%, gaining 779 m (2,556 ft) in height.[3]

On both sides of the Col de l'Aspin mountain pass cycling milestones are placed every kilometre. They indicate the height of the summit, 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.

Tour de FranceEdit

The pass has been part of the Tour de France 71 times,[4][5] largely because it is the middle link in a chain of three road climbs, the other links being the Col du Tourmalet (2,115 m (6,939 ft)) and Col de Peyresourde (1,569 m (5,148 ft)). The first time the Col d'Aspin was crossed was in 1910, when the leader over the summit was Octave Lapize.[6]

In the 1950 Tour, there was an altercation at the pass, with bottles and stones being thrown at the riders, and the Italian team with Gino Bartali and Fiorenzo Magni, the leaders at the time, withdrew from the Tour at the end of the stage from Pau to Saint-Gaudens.[7][8]

Appearances in Tour de France since 1947Edit

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Year Stage Category Start Finish Leader at the summit
2018 19 1 Lourdes Laruns   Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
2016 7 1 L'Isle-Jourdain Lac de Payolle   Steve Cummings (GBR)
2015 11 1 Pau Cauterets   Dan Martin (IRL)
2012 16 1 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon   Thomas Voeckler (FRA)
2010 16 1 Bagnères-de-Luchon Pau   Anthony Charteau (FRA)
2009 9 1 Saint-Gaudens Tarbes   Franco Pellizotti (ITA)
2008 9 1 Toulouse Bagnères-de-Bigorre   Sebastian Lang (DEU)
2006 11 1 Tarbes Val d'Aran-Pla-de-Beret   Fabian Wegmann (DEU)
2004 12 1 Castelsarrasin La Mongie   Michael Rasmussen (DEN)
2003 15 1 Bagnères-de-Bigorre Luz-Ardiden   Sylvain Chavanel (FRA)
2001 14 1 Tarbes Luz-Ardiden   Bobby Julich (USA)
1999 16 1 Lannemezan Pau   Mariano Piccoli (ITA)
1998 10 1 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon   Rodolfo Massi (ITA)
1997 9 2 Pau Loudenvielle   Pascal Hervé (FRA)
1995 15 1 Saint-Girons CauteretsCrêtes du Lys   Richard Virenque (FRA)
1994 12 1 Lourdes Luz-Ardiden   Richard Virenque (FRA)
1991 13 2 Jaca Val-Louron   Claudio Chiappucci (ITA)
1990 16 1 Blagnac Luz-Ardiden   Claudio Chiappucci (ITA)
1989 10 2 Cauterets Superbagnères   Robert Millar (GBR)
1988 15 1 Saint-Girons Luz-Ardiden   Samuel Cabrera (COL)
1986 13 1 Pau Superbagnères   Dominique Arnaud (FRA)
1985 17 2 Toulouse Luz-Ardiden   José Del Ramo (ESP)
1983 10 1 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon   Patrocinio Jiminez (COL)
1982 13 1 Pau Saint-Lary-SoulanPla d'Adet   Michel Laurent (FRA)
1980 13 1 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon   Raymond Martin (FRA)
1979 3 1 Bagnères-de-Luchon Pau   René Bittinger (FRA)
1978 11 2 Pau Saint-Lary-SoulanPla d'Adet   Michel Laurent (FRA)
1977 2 2 Auch Pau   Luis Balague (ESP)
1976 15 2 Saint-Lary-Soulan Pau   Gerben Karstens (NED)
1975 11 2 Pau Saint-Lary-SoulanPla d'Adet   Lucien Van Impe (BEL)
1974 17 2 Saint-Lary-Soulan La Mongie   Jean-Pierre Danguillaume (FRA)
1973 14 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Pau   José Manuel Fuente (ESP)
1972 8 2 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon   Roger Swerts (BEL)
1971 16A 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Gouretteles-Eaux-Bonnes   Lucien Van Impe (BEL)
1970 18 1 Saint-Gaudens La Mongie   Primo Mori (ITA)
1969 17 2 La Mongie Mourenx   Joaquim Galera (ESP)
1964 16 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Pau   Julio Jiménez (ESP)
1963 11 2 Bagnères-de-Bigorre Bagnères-de-Luchon   Guy Ignolin (FRA)
1962 12 3 Pau Saint-Gaudens   Federico Bahamontes (ESP)
1961 17 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Pau   Marcel Queheille (FRA)
1960 11 2 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon   Kurt Gimmi (SUI)
1959 11 2 Bagnères-de-Bigorre Saint-Gaudens   Jean Dotto (FRA)
1958 14 2 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon   Federico Bahamontes (ESP)
1956 12 2 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon   Nino Defilippis (ITA)
1955 17 2 Toulouse Saint-Gaudens   Charly Gaul (LUX)
1954 12 2 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon   Louison Bobet (FRA)
1953 11 2 Cauterets Bagnères-de-Luchon   Jean Robic (FRA)
1952 17 2 Toulouse Bagnères-de-Bigorre   Raphaël Géminiani (FRA)
1951 14 2 Tarbes Bagnères-de-Luchon   Fausto Coppi (ITA)
1950 11 2 Pau Saint-Gaudens   Kléber Piot (FRA)
1949 11 2 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon   Apo Lazarides (FRA)
1948 8 2 Lourdes Toulouse   Jean Robic (FRA)
1947 15 1 Bagnères-de-Luchon Pau   Jean Robic (FRA)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ IGN map
  2. ^ "Col de l'Aspin: Sainte Marie de Campan". www.climbbybike.com. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Col de l'Aspin: rreau". www.climbbybike.com. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  4. ^ Mémoire du cyclisme Archived July 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Le dico du Tour (passages depuis 1947)
  6. ^ Woodland, Les (2003). The Yellow Jersey companion to the Tour de France. Random House. p. 261. ISBN 0-224-06318-9.
  7. ^ Augendre, Jacques (2009). "Guide Historique" (PDF) (in French). Amaury Sport Organisation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  8. ^ Rendell, Matt (2003). The Official Tour de France Centennial. London: L'Equipe / Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 156 & 160. ISBN 0-297-84358-3.
  9. ^ "Le col d'Aspin dans le Tour de France depuis 1947" (in French). ledicodutour. Retrieved 17 July 2012.

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