Port de Pailhères

The Port de Pailhères (or Col de Pailhères) (elevation 2,001 m (6,565 ft)) is a mountain pass in the Ariège department of the French Pyrenees, located on the secondary road D25 between Mijanès (south-east) and Ax-les-Thermes (west).

Port de Pailhères
Sign at Mijanès at the start of the Port de Pailhères
Elevation2,001 m (6,565 ft)[1]
Traversed byD25
LocationAriège, France
Coordinates42°44′0″N 01°59′33″E / 42.73333°N 1.99250°E / 42.73333; 1.99250Coordinates: 42°44′0″N 01°59′33″E / 42.73333°N 1.99250°E / 42.73333; 1.99250
Port de Pailhères is located in Pyrenees
Port de Pailhères
Port de Pailhères
Location in the Pyrenees

Details of climbEdit

Starting from Mijanes, the Col de Pailhères is 10.6 km (6.6 mi) long. Over this distance, the climb is 871 m (2,858 ft) (an average gradient of 8.2%) with a maximum gradient of 10.2%.[2]

Starting from Ax-les-Thermes, the Col de Pailhères is 18.6 km (11.6 mi) long. Over this distance, the climb is 1,281 m (4,203 ft), (an average gradient of 6.9%) with a maximum gradient of 10.4% near the summit.[3]

Tour de FranceEdit

The climb has been used in five stages of the Tour de France cycle race with its first appearance coming in 2003. In 2013, it was used on the eighth stage, when the riders also competed for the Souvenir Henri Desgrange.[4]

Appearances in Tour de FranceEdit


Year Stage Category Start Finish Leader at the summit
2013 8 HC Castres Ax-3 Domaines   Nairo Quintana (COL)
2010 14 HC Revel Ax-3 Domaines   Christophe Riblon (FRA)
2007 14 HC Mazamet Plateau-de-Beille   Rubén Pérez (ESP)
2005 14 HC Agde Ax-3 Domaines   Georg Totschnig (AUT)
2003 13 1 Toulouse Ax-3 Domaines   Carlos Sastre (ESP)


  1. ^ IGN map
  2. ^ "Col de Pailhères - Mijanes". climbbybike. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Col de Pailhères - Ax les Thermes". climbbybike. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Stage 8: Castres to Ax 3 Domaines". Tour de France. Amaury Sport Organisation. Archived from the original on 28 May 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Le Port de Pailhères ou col de Pailhères dans le Tour de France" (in French). ledicodutour. Retrieved 4 September 2014.

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