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Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin (elevation 1,766 m (5,794 ft)) is a mountain pass on the France-Spain border in the western Pyrenees in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (France) and Navarra (Spain). The climb from the Spanish side was used in the 2007 Tour de France.

Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin
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Elevation1,766 m (5,794 ft)[1]
Traversed byD132/NA1370
LocationPyrénées-Atlantiques, France
Navarra, Spain
Coordinates42°58′13″N 0°45′57″W / 42.97028°N 0.76583°W / 42.97028; -0.76583Coordinates: 42°58′13″N 0°45′57″W / 42.97028°N 0.76583°W / 42.97028; -0.76583
Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin is located in France
Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin
Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin
Location of Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin

Close to the summit of the pass, there is the ski station of Arette-Pierre-Saint-Martin.

In 2015, on Bastille Day, the tenth leg of the Tour climbed the Col in the other direction, from Arette up to the village of Pierre Saint Martin, which hosted the end of a stage for the first time ever.[2].

Every year on 13 July since 1375, the ceremony of the Tribute of the Three Cows takes place on the summit of the mountain pass.

Details of the climbEdit

The southern side of the climb, starting from Isaba (Navarra, Spain) is 27 km (17 mi) long at an average gradient of 3.6% (height gain – 966 m (3,169 ft)). The final stages of the climb start at Larra Belagua (1026m.) with 14 km (8.7 mi) at 5.2%, with a maximum of 7.4%.[3]

The pass is situated south east of Oloron-Sainte-Marie. Starting from Arette (north east), the climb is 15.3 km (9.5 mi) long gaining 1,466 m (4,810 ft) (an average gradient of 5.7%). En route, the climb passes over the Col de Labays (1,351 m (4,432 ft)), the Pas de Guilhers (1,436 m (4,711 ft)) and the Col du Soudet (1,540 m (5,050 ft)).[1]

Tour de FranceEdit

The climb from the south featured in 2007 in the Tour de France for the first time on the 218.5 km (135.8 mi) stage 16 from Orthez to GouretteCol d'Aubisque.

Appearances in Tour de FranceEdit


Year Stage Category Start Finish Leader at the summit
2015 10 HC Tarbes Col de la Pierre St Martin   Chris Froome (GBR)
2007 16 1 Orthez GouretteCol d'Aubisque   Mauricio Soler (COL)


  1. ^ a b "Col de la Pierre St.Martin - Arette". climbbybike. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b "Le col de la Pierre Saint-Martin dans le Tour de France" (in French). ledicodutour. Retrieved 7 September 2014.

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