Cormet de Roselend (Beaufort - D925) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

7.7
FIETS
12.5 mi
DISTANCE
3,928 ft
GAINED
5.8 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Ard Oostra, Switzerland

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Connecting Beufort with Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Cormet de Roselend has been included in the Tour de France 10 times as of 2018. This route passes over Col du Meraillet on its way to Roselend.

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Cycling Cormet de Roselend - summit sign and road, mountains

Cycling Cormet de Roselend from Bourg-St. Maurice

Ride 19.5 kilometers gaining 1,245 meters at 5.9% average grade (7.3% climb only).

cycling Cormet de Roselend - finish, lac de roseland, butterfly on road

We pass Lac de Roselend on the two routes beginning in Beaufort

Thank you to PJAMM Ambassadors Ard Oostra, Montreux Switzerland and Anja Kalan, Škofja Loka, Slovenija  for photographs on this page.

Cormet means col or “pass” in the local dialect.  Cormet de Roseland is in the Savoy Alps region of the European Alps in southeastern France, near the Italian border.  The col can be reached on the north side from Beaufort (famous for its Beaufort cheese) in the Beaufortain valley (via either the main route on D925, or by way of Col du Pre) or from the south side from Bourg-Saint-Maurice, which is on the route from northern France and Britain to the world famous ski areas of Val d’Isère and Tignes.  

TOUR DE FRANCE HISTORY

Cormet de Roseland will be included in the 2019 Tour de France July 27, 2019, stage 19.  As of 2019, Roseland had been featured in 10 TdFs between 1979 and 2009 -- but none for 10 years until its return in 2019.

Stage 9 July 11, 1995 - Le Grand Bornand - La Plagne, 160 km

 

Alex Zulle wins Stage 9 04:41:18 by 00:02:02 over Indurain.

Photo:  90scycling.com

In 1995’s TdF, still with 50 kilometers to go, Alex Zulle made a solo break at the base of the Cormet in an effort to beat the fabled cyclist Miguel Indurain, who he was four minutes 29 seconds behind at the beginning of the stage.  Zulle won the stage in 02:02 from Indurain and thereby catapulted himself from ninth to second in the overall classification. Indurain went on to win his fifth straight and final TdF, while Zulle kept his place until the end, standing second on the podium in Paris on July 23, four minutes  35 seconds behind Indurain.

Stage 7 July 6, 1996 - Chambery - Les Arcs, 200 km

July 6, 1996 is a significant day in Tour de France history -- one that secured this col indelibly in the minds of professional cycling fans for many years to come.  Ten years had passed since a Frenchman had worn the maillot jaune into Paris.  On this day, France’s national road race champion, Stéphane Heulo, was wearing the yellow jersey for the third straight day, but with undisclosed knee trouble and major alpine climbs of Col du Madeleine, Cormet and Les Arcs ahead, Heulo began the day with quiet trepidation.  Heulo lost the leaders in sleet riding up the Madeleine, but with heroic effort caught them on the long northern descent to Albertville, but ultimately had to abandon the Tour and the chance at glory two kilometers from the summit of Cormet de Roseland.

 

Stéphane Heulo (FR) led the Tour for three days before withdrawing two kilometers from the top of Cormet.

Photo:  rallyuhcccycling.com 

Other noteworthy events of the day were Johan Bruyneel’s terrifying crash wherein he flew off the Cormet and down a steep cliff, and Miguel Indurain cracking for the first time in his Tour career (he had before then won the last five TdFs).

Johan Bruyneel, climbing, missed a left turn and flew off the road.

Photo:  nieuwsblad.be

Year

Stage

Category

Start

Finish

Leader at the summit

2020

18

1

Méribel

La Roche-sur-Foron

Marc Hirschi

2018

11

2

Albertville

La Rosière

Warren Barguil

2009

17

1

Bourg-Saint-Maurice

Le Grand-Bornand

Franco Pellizotti

2007

8

1

Le Grand-Bornand

Tignes

Michael Rasmussen

2005

10

1

Grenoble

Courchevel

Alejandro Valverde

2002

17

1

Aime

Cluses

Mario Aerts

1996

7

1

Chambéry

Les Arcs

Udo Bölts

1995

9

1

Le Grand-Bornand

La Plagne

Alex Zülle

1992

13

1

Saint-GervaisMont Blanc

Sestrières

Claudio Chiappucci

1987

22

1

La Plagne

Morzine

Mathieu Hermans

1984

19

1

La Plagne

Morzine

Francis Castaing

1979

16

1

Morzine

Les Menuires

Henk Lubberding

(Wikipedia)

Thank you Anja!!

Thank you Ard!!