Col de la Madone

Menton, France

The Col de la Madone is a col with a length of 13.5 kilometer. This is a category 1 col. It is located in Menton, PACA, France. The average grade of this col is 6.7% with a maximum of 8.1%. The Col de la Madone ascents from 10 meter at the start, to 910 meter at the top, with a total of 899 ascending meters.


Col de la Madone Profile


Distance 13.5 km
Elevation gain 899 m
Average grade 6.7 %
Maximum grade 8.1 %
Climb category 1
Minimum elevation 10 m
Maximum elevation 910 m

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The Col de la Madone, it’s never been part of the Tour, but it’s still a climb that’s inextricably embedded in cycling folklore, for better or for worse.
The Col de la Madone is one of the climbs that Lance Armstrong used frequently in his preparation for the Tour de France. If he was able to set a good time up the Madone he “knew” he was going to win Le Tour.
Lance Armstrong wasn’t the first one to use the Madone as a test climb. The first rider to seriously use the Col de la Madone as a test climb was former Swiss pro, Tony Rominger.
But it was undoubtedly Armstrong that elevated the climb into the realms of the near-mythic, together with Trek Bikes.

Richie Porte 29.40
Chris Froome 30.09
Tom Danielson 30.24
Lance Armstrong 30.47
Tony Rominger 31.30
Tyler Hamilton 32.32