Col de la Couillole

Saint Sauveur Sur Tinée, France

The Col de la Couillole is a col with a length of 16.2 kilometer. This is a highest category (HC) col. It is located in Saint Sauveur Sur Tinée, PACA, France. The average grade of this col is 6.9% with a maximum of 8.5%. The Col de la Couillole ascents from 551 meter at the start, to 1.678 meter at the top, with a total of 1.127 ascending meters.


Col de la Couillole Profile


Distance 16.2 km
Elevation gain 1127 m
Average grade 6.9 %
Maximum grade 8.5 %
Climb category HC
Minimum elevation 551 m
Maximum elevation 1678 m

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The Col de la Couillole was climbed on the 1975 Tour de France during the famous Nice-Pra-Loup stage, legendary for the failure of Eddy Merckx and the takeover of Bernard Thévenet. Lucien Van Impe crossed the pass in the lead.

This pass was the finish of the 7th stage of the Paris-Nice 2017, the highest stage finish of the Paris-Nice in seventy-five editions of this race. Richie Porte won the stage after an attack with 3.3 km to go, he got out of the leading group composed of Daniel Martin and Alberto Contador, second of the stage. Sergio Henao, 4th in the stage, was delighted with the yellow jersey from Julian Alaphilippe, who had been dropped earlier in the climb.

- Tour de France 1975 - Stage 15
- Paris-Nice 2017 - Stage 7
- Mercan'Tour Classic Alpes-Maritimes 2021