Col de Sarenne

Alpe d'Huez, France

The Col de Sarenne is a col with a length of 2.9 kilometer. This is a category 2 col. It is located in Alpe d'Huez, Isère, France. The average grade of this col is 8.7% with a maximum of 16%. The Col de Sarenne ascents from 1.744 meter at the start, to 1.999 meter at the top, with a total of 255 ascending meters.


Col de Sarenne Profile


Distance 2.9 km
Elevation gain 255 m
Average grade 8.7 %
Maximum grade 16 %
Climb category 2
Minimum elevation 1744 m
Maximum elevation 1999 m

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The passage over the summit was used in the 2013 Tour de France; following that race, German rider Tony Martin criticized the decision of the Tour de France organisers to use the pass, saying: "The road is old and narrow. It’s a bad road, no guardrails. A mistake could see you falling straight down 30 metres. It's irresponsible to send us there."
In the race, the summit was crossed first by a group of four riders, led by Tejay van Garderen. On the descent, van Garderen had a technical problem with his bike, and Christophe Riblon left the road on a corner before going on to win the stage at the top of Alpe d'Huez.

- Criterium du Dauphine 2013 - Stage 7
- Tour de France 2013 - Stage 18