Briancon has long been featured as a stage start or finish in many Tours de France and is a hub for cycling Cols du I'Zoard and Galibier. Additionally, several other exceptional bike climbs are within 50 kilometers of Briancon, including Alpe d'Huez, Col de la Croix de Fer and more. These climbs and others can be viewed via the map below or by a detailed list of the climbs that can be arranged by difficulty, distance (longest climbs in the area), altitude gained, etc.
Briancon is in France’s Hautes-Alpes department and is the highest city in France. Briancon has a population of just over 11,000 and is centered between several ski resorts. Being just 10 kilometer from the Italian border, some exceptional Italian bike climbs are also accessible from Briancon, indlucing Col Agnel and Colle delle Finestre.
In the past 20 years, Briancon has been the start or finish of a Tour stage an amazing 6 times and the tour has passed through it several other times (when including Cols du Galibier (9 + 2019), D’Izoard (5), Lautaret (3) and/or Granon in the race (not since 1986).
2017 7-20 stage 18 Briancon to Col d’Izoard
2007 7-17 stage 9 Val-d'Isère to Briançon
2005 7-13 stage 11 Courchevel to Briancon
2005 7-14 stage 12 Briancon to Digne-les-Bains
2000 7-15 stage 14 Draguignan to Briancon
2000 7-16 stage 15 Briancon to Courchevel
In 2019 the tour passes through Briancon on its way to Cols du Lauteret and Galibier before finishing in the ski town of Valloire.
2019 Stage 18 passes through Briancon on its way to Cols du Lautaret and Galibier.
From Briancon (north)
Col D’Izoard summit monument
From the south
Galibier from Valloire (north)
Galibier from Briancon (south)
Lautaret is north of Briancon and south of Galibier
Col du Granon is north of Briancon
The routes of Galibier/Lautaret and Granon overlap briefly.