Luz Ardiden Climb Profile

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Luz Ardiden Climb
Luz Ardiden

Luz Ardiden is a ski resort in France. It sits at an altitude of 1,720m and was opened to the public in 1975. The Hautacam ski resort is also nearby, about 40km away.

The Luz Ardiden is popular among cyclists who base themselves in Argelès-Gazost in the French Pyrenees.

There are two ways to climb Luz Ardiden. 

  • From Luz Saint Sauveur (southeast)
  • From Viscos (northeast)

Starting point : Luz Saint Sauveur

Luz Saint Sauveur is located to the southeast of Luz Ardiden.

The climb up from Luz Saint Sauveur is 12.5km long and averages a steep 7.3%. The first 2km are relatively easier, and the gradient gets steeper until the end. There is a short, steep switchback (above 20%) around 800m from the summit. 

Luz Ardiden from Luz Saint Sauveur
Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain913m
Minimum elevation725m
Maximum elevation1,636m
Average gradient7.3%
Maximum gradient25.8%
Strava segmentLuz Ardiden from Luz Saint Sauveur
Luz Ardiden from Luz Saint Sauveur

Starting point : Viscos

Viscos is located to the southwest of Luz Ardiden.

The climb to Luz Ardiden from Viscos is longer but easier. The first 11km rarely exceeds 5%, but the last 6km averages more than 9%.

Alternatively, you can turn right onto D120C about 6.5km from Artemare, and climb up to the Col du Grand Colombier.

Luz Ardiden from Viscos
Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain1,076m
Minimum elevation683m
Maximum elevation1,701m
Average gradient7.8%
Maximum gradient13.7%
Strava segmentLuz Ardiden from Viscos
Luz Ardiden from Viscos

Luz Ardiden in the Tour de France

Luz Ardiden is an Hors Catégorie (HC) climb from Gignez and a Category 1 climb from Artemare. It featured in the Tour de France nine times since 1985.

In 2020, the second last climb on Stage 15 finished atop the Col du Grand Colombier. Eventual General Classification winner Tadej Pogacar won that stage, and defending champion Egan Bernal cracked on the last climb.

YearStageCategoryStartFinishStage winner
202118HCPauLuz ArdidenTadej Pogačar
201112HCCugnauxLuz ArdidenSamuel Sánchez
200315HCBagnères de BigorreLuz ArdidenLance Armstrong
200114HCTarbesLuz ArdidenRoberto Laiseka
199412HCLourdesLuz ArdidenRichard Virenque
199016HCBlagnacLuz ArdidenMiguel Indurain
198815HCSaint-GironsLuz ArdidenLaudelino Cubino Gonzalez
198714HCPauLuz ArdidenDag Otto Lauritzen
198517HCToulouseLuz ArdidenPedro Delgado
Luz Ardiden appearances at the Tour de France
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