Col d’Izoard Climb Profile

By : Mr Mamil
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Col d’Izoard is a popular climb for cyclists in France. This climb is located in the Hautes-Alpes region of France and has an elevation of 2,360m (7,740 feet). 

The best time to visit the Col d’Izoard for cycling is from June to September. The weather in summer is ideal for cycling, with warm temperatures and little rainfall.

Col d’Izoard can be climbed from two directions;

  • Briançon (northwest)
  • Guillestre (southwest)

Starting point : Briançon

Briançon is popular with cyclists as it lies on the Route des Grandes Alpes, a road that takes cyclists from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean Sea. The route passes through some of the most stunning scenery in the Alps, and Briançon makes a great base for exploring this beautiful region.

Briançon is located northwest of Col d’Izoard. It’s 18.9km to the top, averaging 5.9%.

The first half to Cervières is easier, with gradients below 5%. From there onwards, the gradient rarely dips below 7%.

Briançon is also the starting base for Col du Galibier.

Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain1,149m
Minimum elevation1,258m
Maximum elevation2,371m
Average gradient5.9%
Maximum gradient11.0%
Strava segmentCol d’Izoard from Briançon
Col d’Izoard from Briançon

Starting point : Guillestre

Guillestreis is situated southwest of Col d’Izoard. 

The climb to Col d’Izoard from Guillestre is long, 30.2km, and averages 4.0%. The first half is relatively easy (2 to 3%) before the gradient picks up in the last 15km.

Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain1,426m
Minimum elevation996m
Maximum elevation2,221m
Average gradient4.0%
Maximum gradient12.4%
Strava segmentCol d’Izoard from Guillestre
Col d’Izoard from Guillestre

Col d’Izoard in the Tour de France

Col d’Izoard is a Hors Catégorie (HC) climb and frequently features in the Tour de France. It made its debut in 1922 and has been featured 34 times, with the last in 2019.

It hosted its only stage finish on Stage 18 of the 2017 Tour de France. Warren Barguil won that stage.