Stage 17, 2018 Tour de France

Views of Pla d'adet a famous cycling climb of the French Pyrenees

Stage 17 of the 2018 Pyrenees was a short but sharp epic with so many vertical metres of elevation in a short distance. This route is the exact same the riders took on – how will you fare?

Quick Stats

Distance: 65km / 40.5mi

Start elevation: 633m / 2,076ft

Max elevation: 2,215m / 7,267ft

Climbing: 3,148m / 10,329ft

Descending: 1,590m / 5,216ft

Categorised climbs: 3

Bianchi bike at the Col d'Azet summit view to Peyresourde in the French Pyrenees

From the top of the Col d’Azet you can look back across to where you started the ride.

Food and water

Whilst only a short distance this route has quite a lot of climbing, so you will want to be stocked up with both food and water. We recommend refuelling at Saint Lary prior to tackling the final climb of the Col de Portet.


  • See how you fare against the time set by the pros in the 2018 Tour de France.

  • Enjoy the fast descent off the top of the Col de Peyresourde.

  • Looking across to both where you have come from and the finishing summit from the top of the Col d’Azet.
Col d'Azet cycling climb hairpin road, pyrenees

The descent of the Col d’Azet to Saint Lary is fast with a few nice hair pins to negotiate as well.

Col de Peyresourde

Length: 13.8km / 8.57mi

Average gradient: 6.8%

Start point: Bagnéres du Luchon

Elevation at top: 1,569m / 5,148ft

Col d’Azet

Length: 7.4km / 4.6mi

Average gradient: 8.3%

Start point: Genos

Elevation at top: 1,580m / 5,184ft

Col de Portet

Length: 17km / 10.56mi

Average gradient: 8.3%

Start point: Saint Lary Soulan

Elevation at top: 2,215m / 7,267ft

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Looking down a layer of cloud in the valley from the summit of Col du Tourmalet