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05.02.2014
Col du Galibier
Col du Galibier is the 9th highest paved road and the 6th highest mountain pass in the Europe. It is often the highest point of the Tour de France. 
Col du Galibier is the 9th highest paved road and the 6th highest mountain pass in the Europe. It is often the highest point of the Tour de France. Col du Galibier is sandwiched between Col du Telegrahpe and Col du Lautaret and the only way to access it is by crossing either one of them.
After success that was brought by inclusion of big Pyrenean climbs in 1910, the Tour de France organizers started looking into high Alpine passes. The first four were introduced in the Tour in 1911 and Col du Galibier was one of them. The first rider to pass it was Frenchman Émile Georget (9 stage wins, 2 times 3rd overall), who was the youngest brother of the famous French track rider Léon Georget, also know as “The Father of the Bol d'Or”. Since then the summit has been crossed around 60 times. The Tour de France visited Col du Galibier in 2011 last when it was climbed twice (not on one stage) to celebrate 100th anniversary of its first appearance in the Tour. Stage 18th was memorable for the show given by Andy Schleck and his win after completion of 60km solo. This was the first ever summit finish on Col du Galiber and this was the highest ever stage finish on the Tour de France. The climb appeared on the next day's stage with a finish on the legendary Alpe d'Huez.
The most popular ascend to Col du Galibier is from the north starting at Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne and over Col du Telegraphe. It is the lengthiness and the altitude that makes this climb hardcore, not the gradient.
We will challenge Col du Galiber on day 3 of our Alps trip this summer. Join us for a ride here.

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