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Cycling Station Peyragudes, France
Ride 9 kilometers gaining 674 meters at 7.5% average grade.
Peyragudes is accessed via the Col de Peyresourde (D618). A right turn a couple of kilometers below the col from the western (Avajan) side takes you up to the ski station. The steepest parts of the listed climb are after turning off the D618 so it is worth the deviation from the Col de Peyresourde.
The Tour de France has visited Peyragudes several times in recent years, mostly by first climbing the eastern (Bagneres de Luchon) side of the Col de Peyresourde. The first stage finish in 2012 was in the upper village. Recent stage finishes here – including in 2022 – have used the airport runway which gives a steep (15%+) run up to the finish. Unfortunately, the runway is not available to most cyclists but the main road to the village still provides a good challenge!
Stage 17 of the 2022 Tour de France finishes at Station de Peyragudes. Tour de France ride director C. Prudhomme says of Stage 17’s runway finish, “in the final, even the best climbers might flounder when tackling the steep gradients towards the Peyragudes altiport... the third runway to success in the 2022 Tour!”
There is also an upper road to Peyragudes very close to the top of the Col de Peyresourde on the western side. It was used in the 2018 Tour de France on the way to the Col de Portet. This road includes some climbing from either direction up to the Montee de Peyragudes, but it is best used to carry on through the village and join back up with the D618 (follow the route map, then continue on after the climbing stops).
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