Col de Turini Climb Profile

By : Mr Mamil
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The Col de Turini (1,607m) is a lesser-known climb in the French Riviera, outside of Nice and near the French-Italian border. It’s known for its hairpins (although not as popular as the Alp d’Huez) and scenic views of the Mediterranean coast.

There are two ways to ascend the Col de Turini,

  • From La Bollène-Vésubie (west)
  • From Sospel (south)

Starting point : La Bollène-Vésubie

La Bollène-Vésubie is located west of the Col de Turini.

It’s a Hors Catégorie (HC) from here to Col de Turini at 15.3km long and averaging a 7.2% gradient.

You’ll encounter many switchbacks along the climb, so remember to slow down and enjoy the stunning views of the Mediterranean coast.

Col de Turini from La Bollène-Vésubie
Distance15.3km
Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain1,106m
Minimum elevation509m
Maximum elevation1,609m
Average gradient7.2%
Maximum gradient11.0%
Strava segmentCol de Turini from La Bollène-Vésubie

Starting point : Sospel

Sospel is south of Col de Turini. 

The climb up toto the Col de Turini from Sospel is much tougher than from La Bollène-Vésubie. It’s longer, at 23.9km, and averages 5.2%.

The real challenge is the constant change in gradient along the climb, which makes it difficult to maintain a steady tempo.

Col de Turini from Sospel
Distance23.9km
Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain2,598m
Minimum elevation373m
Maximum elevation1,627m
Average gradient5.2%
Maximum gradient53.3%
Strava segmentCol de Turini from Sospel

Col de Turini in the Tour de France

The Col de Turini has appeared in the Tour de France four times, in 1948, 1950, 1973, and as recently as 2020, when Stage 2 started and finished in Nice.