Col de la Madeleine, French Alps
Altitude 1,993 (6,538 ft)
The Col de la Madeleine is a mountain pass located in the French Alps that connects the city of La Chambre in the Maurienne valley in the south to La Lecheres in the Tarentaise valley to the north. The Madeleine is one of the highest alpine passes in France at 1,993m (6,538 feet). The southern approach from La Chambre is 19.05 km (11.8 miles) long with an average gradient of 8%. The northern approach from Feissons-sur-Isère, through La Léchère, is 25.3 km (15.7 miles) long with an average gradient of 6.2%. The climb of the Madeleine was first used in the Tour de France in 1969 and has been used 25 times. It is often used in conjunction with other alpine passes like the Col de la Croix de Fer or the Col du Galibier for north-south transit for ski resort finishes such as Alpe d’Huez, Courchevel, Meribel, Val d’Isere, La Plagne, and Val Thorens.
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