Col du Galibier, French Alps
Altitude 2,645m (8,678 ft)
The Col du Galibier is the one of the highest paved mountain pass roads in the French Alps. The pass connects the cities of St. Michel de Maurienne to the north with Briancon to the south via the smaller climbs of the Col du Telegraphe and the COl du Lautaret. From the north, starting at St. Michel de Maurienne, the climb is 34.8km (21.6 miles) long with an average gradient of 6.1%. From the south, the climb starts from Briancon via the COl du Lautaret and is 36.1 km (22.4 miles) in length with an average gradient of 4% but much steeper toward the top with a maximum gradient of 14.9%. The Col du Galibier was in the Tour de France in 1911 and has been climbed 63 times.
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