Pla d'Adet

Vielle Aure, France

The Pla d'Adet is a col with a length of 10.1 kilometer. This is a highest category (HC) col. It is located in Vielle Aure, Midi-Pyrénées, France. The average grade of this col is 8.2% with a maximum of 10.8%. The Pla d'Adet ascents from 817 meter at the start, to 1.653 meter at the top, with a total of 836 ascending meters.

Profile

Pla d'Adet Profile

Facts

Distance 10.1 km
Elevation gain 836 m
Average grade 8.2 %
Maximum grade 10.8 %
Climb category HC
Minimum elevation 817 m
Maximum elevation 1653 m

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Description

The Tour de France included Pla d’Adet 10 times since 1974. Pla d’Adet is third all-time for summit finishes, behind the incomparable Alpe d’Huez and Puy de Dôme.

The climb is made famous by Raymond Poulidor in 1974. So dramatic and legendary was Poulidor’s attack that a plaque now marks the spot at the first hairpin at the bottom of the climb where he rode away from Merckx, winning the stage by 41 seconds. Poulidor would finish second in the GC by 8min 4sec to Merckx in the Tour that year. The Tour was so taken by Pla d’Adet that it was included 3 years in a row from 1974-1976.

In 1981 Phil Anderson was the first cyclist outside of europe to wear the maillot jaune which he conquered on the Pla d'Adet. After that stage Anderson led Hinault by 17 seconds, but lost the jersey the next day.

- Tour de France 1974 - Stage 16
- Tour de France 1975 - Stage 11
- Tour de France 1976 - Stage 14
- Tour de France 1978 - Stage 11
- Tour de France 1981 - Stage 6
- Tour de France 1982 - Stage 13
- Tour de France 1993 - Stage 16
- Tour de France 2001 - Stage 13
- Tour de France 2005 - Stage 15
- Tour de France 2014 - Stage 17