Col des Saisies Climb Profile

By : Mr Mamil
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Col des Saisies Climb
Col des Saisies

The Col des Saisies is a mountain pass (1,657m) in France’s Savoie département. It connects the towns of Flumet in the north and Bourg-Saint-Maurice in the southeast n the French Alps.

The Col des Saisies is popular with cyclists as it has been regularly used in the Tour de France as recently as 2021.

There are two ways to climb the Col des Saisies;

  • From Flumet via Crest Voland (north)
  • From Villard-sur-Doront (south)

Starting point : Flumet

Flumet is located to the north of Col des Saisies.

Among the two ways up to Col des Saisies, the Flumet route is the shortest at 9.6km and averages 6.2%, starting from a higher elevation of 1,021m above sea level.

Alternatively, you can also start from Flons which is 4.5km southwest of Flumet. Both ways will bring to Crest-Voland where the gradient starts to get steeper.

Col des Saisies from Flumet
Distance9.6km
Climb category2
Elevation gain609m
Minimum elevation1,021m
Maximum elevation1,618m
Average gradient6.2%
Maximum gradient10.2%
Strava segmentCol des Saisies from Flumet
Col des Saisies from Flumet

Starting point : Villard-sur-Doron

Villard-sur-Doron is a small French village situated south of Col des Saisies. This is where the actual Strava segment for the climb starts. The climb is 15.3km long with an average gradient of 6.3%.

You can refuel and replenish at Beaufort, 4.5km east of Villard-sur Doron, before climbing the Col des Saisies as there are no shops in Villard-sur-Doron.

Col des Saisies from Villard-sur-Doron
Distance15.3km
Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain983m
Minimum elevation679m
Maximum elevation1,636m
Average gradient6.3%
Maximum gradient10.6%
Strava segmentCol des Saisies from Villard-sur-Doron
Col des Saisies from Villard-sur-Doron

Col des Saisies in the Tour de France

Wout Poels at Col des Saisies in 2021

The Tour de France passed Col des Saisies 13 times; from 1979 to 2021. In 2021, Wout Poels was the first to summit the Col des Saisies from Flumet and continued to win the stage in Tignes.

YearStageCategoryStartFinishFirst to summit
202191ClusesTignesWout Poels
2020182MéribelLa Roche-sur-ForonMarc Hirschi
201091Morzine-AvoriazSaint-Jean-de-MaurienneJérôme Pineau
2009171Bourg-Saint-MauriceLe Grand-BornandThor Hushovd
2006171Saint-Jean-de-MaurienneMorzinePatrice Halgand
2002171AimeClusesMario Aerts
2000161CourchevelMorzineMarco Pantani
199591Le Grand-BornandLa PlagneFederico Muñoz
1994181MoûtiersClusesPeter De Clercq
1992132Saint-GervaisSestrièresClaudio Chiappucci
1987222La PlagneMorzineOmar Hernández
1984192La PlagneMorzinePedro Delgado
1979162Morzine-AvoriazLes MenuiresHenk Lubberding
Col des Saisies appearance at the Tour de France