Col du Tourmalet (2,115m) is the highest peak in the French Pyrenees, located in the department of Hautes-Pyrénées. The pass connects the towns of Sainte-Marie-de-Campan to the northeast and Luz Saint Sauveur to the west.
Col du Tourmalet is a tough Hors Catégorie (HC) climb as you’ll go above 2,000m above sea level.
There are two ways to climb the Col du Tourmalet.
- From Sainte-Marie-de-Campan (northeast)
- From Luz Saint Sauveur (west)
Starting point : Sainte-Marie-de-Campan
Sainte-Marie-de-Campan is located to the east of Col du Tourmalet. From Sainte-Marie-de-Campan, its 17km to the top of Col du Tourmalet with an average gradient of 7.2%
The first 4km are relatively flat before the gradient gets steeper.
|Col du Tourmalet from Sainte-Marie de Campan|
|Strava segment||Col du Tourmalet from Sainte-Marie de Campan|
Starting point : Luz Saint Sauveur
Luz Saint Sauveur is located west of Col du Tourmalet. The climb from Luz Saint Sauveur is 18.8km long with an average gradient of 7.4%.
It’s a long climb, so pace yourself and save something much steeper for the last 2km.
|Col du Tourmalet from Luz Saint Sauveur|
|Strava segment||Col du Tourmalet from Luz Saint Sauveur|
Col du Tourmalet in the Tour de France
Col du Tourmalet is a Hors Catégorie (HC) climb from both directions; Sainte-Marie-de-Campan and Luz Saint Sauveur. It holds the record for the most Tour de France appearances with 88, dating back to 1910.
Since 1947, Col du Tourmalet has never been absent for more than two years. Since 2001, Col du Tourmalet has been featured 13 times.
It was last used in 2021, on a short Stage 18 (129.7km), where the peloton climbed Col du Tourmalet before finishing atop the Luz Ardiden, where Tadej Pogačar won the stage.