Col du Lautaret sits in the shadow of the Mighty Col du Galibier. Most often when this col has been included in the Tour de France, it has been as a stepping stone to the greater glory above - the incomparable and glorious Col du Galibier.
Col du Galibier is 8.6 km at 6.7% and 588m above Col du Lautaret
Col du Lautaret is the hurdle to Galibier from the south and Col du Télégraphe guards the northern approach. From Briancon, the common route used to Lautaret/Galibier during the TdF, the Col du Lautaret makes up 75% of the distance of the Col du Galibier.
This is one of the climbs in the World Climbing area of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and many superb rides can be included with Lautaret from Briancon (Alpe d’Huez, Col du Granon, Col de Croix de Fer and Col d’Izord).
Col du Lautaret is not a brutal climb and is, in truth, rather tame. The Col was first included in the tour in 1911. The Tour de France is generally not decided on this mile climb, but it is a mainstay of the tour and it has been a category climb several times since 1950. The col was first included in the Tour de France in 1911 when FrenchmanÉmile Georget was first over the pass.
2011 Tour de France, Stage 18
Appearances as a Category Climb since 1947
Wikipedia - Tour du Lautaret