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Col de l'Iseran 2,770m

Besides Col du Galibier the Col de l'Iseran is one of the high-alpine classic passes of Tour de France. Additionally, Iseran is the highest pass of the Alps (Bonette-Pass is not that high and subsequent loop up to more than 2,800m is not a pass / Ötztaler Glacier road is not a pass but a dead-end road). Southern ramp from Lanslebourg is moderate and unspectacular until the Village of Bonneval-s-Arc. Afterwards delicious ascent begins including view to opposite Albaron-Glacier. On pass summit there is not only a little chapel (as some say) but also a restaurant and a little museum.

Start: Lanslebourg 1,400m
Altitude difference: 1,518m
Distance to summit: 33km
August 2006

Elevation profile including return way

Below uphill road, opposite Albaron-Glacier

Tour de France arrives in 2007 from northern ramp via Val d'Isere and leads via Lanslebourg towards Col du Galibier

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