We have documented the Col du Telegraphe PLUS route (Telegraphe + Galibier), but the true Col du Telegraphe climb is 11.7 km beginning in Saint-Martin-de-Maurienne
KM markers along the way as we rise quickly along this climb.
The BIG climb (Telegraphe + Galibier South) elevates Telegraphe to one of the most challenging climb segments in France and in the Top 150 World Climbs at 33.4 km (20.7 mi), 2,115 m (6,648’) ascent at 5.7% average grade (6.7% if the 180 m/596’’ descent between Telegraphe’s Col down to the Valloire and the start of Galibier south). The descent from Col du Telegraphe to Valloire is 596 m (2,716’) in 4.1 km (2.5 mi).
Steepest kilometer on Col du Télégraphe-Col du Galibier South begins at km 29.3 (10.3%)
Tour de France
The Tour has made Col du Telegraphe a famous climb in France and the world. 20 times riders of the TdF have ridden up or down this climb between 1947 and 2017.