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]

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

Cycling Edit

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

References 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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