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01.02.2014
Col d'Izoard
Col d'Izoard is a unique climb with its special lunar wasteland scenery known as “Casse Desert”.
Col d'Izoard is a unique climb with its special lunar wasteland scenery known as “Casse Desert”. At first the climb is a gentle and lets you to warm up. The steep part starts at around 7.5 km before the summit, but nothing extreme – it lets you keep a good pace.
Col d'Izoard has its own unique place in the Toure de France history. It is famous for the grand battles between the Fausto Coppi and Louison Bobet in the early fifties. The slopes of Col d'Izoard were the ones where Bernard Thévenet dethroned the King of Tour de France - Eddy Merckx, on the Bastille day in 1975. Furthermore, this was the place where Greg Lemond gained the crucial seconds over Laurent Fignon in 1989.
Col d'Izoard was introduced in Tour de France in 1922 and the Belgian legend - Philippe Thys was the first to cross it. Since then it appeared in Grande Boucle 32 times, but never was a stage finish.
While the Col d'Izoard is famous for the part it has played in Tour de France history, the Giro d'Italia has visited it only five times.
Experience climbing Col d'Izoard in our Tour de France Alps race viewing tour in July. Check out the trip schedule and book it here.

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