Côte de Saint-Nicolas

Saint-Nicolas, Belgium

The Côte de Saint-Nicolas is a col with a length of 1.2 kilometer. This is a category 4 col. It is located in Saint-Nicolas, Région wallonne, Belgium. The average grade of this col is 9.6% with a maximum of 12.8%. The Côte de Saint-Nicolas ascents from 65 meter at the start, to 170 meter at the top, with a total of 106 ascending meters.


Côte de Saint-Nicolas Profile


Distance 1.2 km
Elevation gain 106 m
Average grade 9.6 %
Maximum grade 12.8 %
Climb category 4
Minimum elevation 65 m
Maximum elevation 170 m

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From 1998 till 2018 this was the last official climb of Liege-Bastogne-Liege. It was an important addition by the organizers to include this tough climb in the route just before the finish. This removed the Redoute's spotlights and promoted the "waiting game".

The climb is nicknamed "The Italian Hill" because of the composition of the immigrant population and their descendants (often from Sicily and southern Italy) who live around this slope. Their presence is mainly reflected in the many Italian flags hanging outside the windows, especially during the competition day of Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

At house number 256 Frank Vandenbroucke attacked and left Michael Boogerd standing, to arrive alone in Ans not much later and win the Liege Bastogne Liege edition of 1999.

- Giro d'Italia 2002 - Stage 2
- Liege Bastogne Liege 1998-2018
- Baloise Belgium Tour 2017 - Stage 4