Col du Télégraphe Climb Profile

By : Mr Mamil
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The Col du Télégraphe (1,556m) is a mountain pass in the French Alps, located in the department of Savoie. It connects the town of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to the north and Valloire to the south.

Col du Télégraphe can be climbed from two directions;

  • Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne (north)
  • Valloire (south)

Starting point : Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne

Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne is located north of Col du Télégraphe. It’s a 12.1km climb, averaging 7.0%. The first half is steeper (7 to 9%) than the second half (5 to 6%).

Many cyclists do the Col du Télégraphe and Col du Galibier combination. Once reaching the top of Col du Télégraphe, continue to descend into Valloire, 4.7km away, before climbing up the Col du Galibier.

Distance12.1km
Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain1,042m
Minimum elevation714m
Maximum elevation1,584m
Average gradient7.0%
Maximum gradient47.5%
Strava segmentCol du Télégraphe from Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne
Col du Télégraphe from Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne

Starting point : Valloire

Valloire is situated south of the Col du Télégraphe. The climb starts from a higher elevation at 1,325m and is only 4.7km long, averaging a gentle 3.4%. 

If you’re coming from the south from Le Bourg d’Oisans or Briançon, you’ll climb Col du Galibier first before descending into Valloire and doing a short climb up Col du Télégraphe from Valloire.

Distance4.7km
Climb category4
Elevation gain169m
Minimum elevation1,325m
Maximum elevation1,486m
Average gradient3.4%
Maximum gradient8.5%
Strava segmentCol du Télégraphe from Valloire
Col du Télégraphe from Guillestre

Col du Télégraphe in the Tour de France

The Col du Télégraphe has featured in the Tour de France 29 times, making its debut in 1947 and as recent as Stage 11 in 2022.

In recent years, the Tour de France has ascended from Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne in the north, a Category 1 climb. The peloton will then make a short descent before continuing to the Col du Galibier, which goes above 2,000m above sea level.