Côte de la Rochette

La Rochette, France

The Côte de la Rochette is a col with a length of 4.1 kilometer. This is a category 3 col. It is located in La Rochette, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France. The average grade of this col is 7.6% with a maximum of 8.9%. The Côte de la Rochette ascents from 808 meter at the start, to 1.120 meter at the top, with a total of 312 ascending meters.

Profile

Côte de la Rochette Profile

Facts

Distance 4.1 km
Elevation gain 312 m
Average grade 7.6 %
Maximum grade 8.9 %
Climb category 3
Minimum elevation 808 m
Maximum elevation 1120 m

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Description

This climb is mostly famous because of the ninth stage of the Tour de France in 2003, the group of favourites chased away Alexandre Vinokourov on the descent of the Côte de la Rochette to Gap after the short climb of the Col de Manse, when Joseba Beloki lost control of his bike on the melted asphalt. The Spanish leader of Once-Eroski broke his hip, collarbone and thigh. Lance Armstrong, who rode behind Beloki, remained lucid and plunged into a barren lawn. Armstrong then jumped over a stream like a cyclo-cross rider, after which he continued the chase with his competitors. Vinokourov eventually won the stage.

- Tour de France 2003 - Stage 9