Col du Tourmalet Climb Profile

By : Mr Mamil
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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.

The Col du Tourmalet, commonly known as just the Tourmalet among cycling fans, is one of the most iconic climbs in the Tour de France, alongside the likes of Alp d’Huez, Mont Ventoux, and Hautacam

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)

The Col d’Aspin and Col du Peyresoude are also within the vicinity of Col du Tourmalet for those who are looking to do multiple climbs in a single ride.

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
Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain1,236m
Minimum elevation861m
Maximum elevation2,094m
Average gradient7.2%
Maximum gradient11.6%
Strava segmentCol 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
Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain1,387m
Minimum elevation721m
Maximum elevation2,111m
Average gradient7.4%
Maximum gradient12.4%
Strava segmentCol 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.