Port de Balès

Mauléon Barousse, France

The Port de Balès is a col with a length of 19.4 kilometer. This is a highest category (HC) col. It is located in Mauléon Barousse, Midi-Pyrénées, France. The average grade of this col is 6.1% with a maximum of 11%. The Port de Balès ascents from 599 meter at the start, to 1.755 meter at the top, with a total of 1.156 ascending meters.


Port de Balès Profile


Distance 19.4 km
Elevation gain 1156 m
Average grade 6.1 %
Maximum grade 11 %
Climb category HC
Minimum elevation 599 m
Maximum elevation 1755 m

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The Tour de France crossed the col for the first time in 2007 on stage 15. This stage was selected for the 2007 L'Étape du Tour, in which amateur and club riders ride over a full stage of the tour. During the 2010 Tour de France it was the scene of arguably one of the defining moments of the race, when Contador (Astana) attacked then race leader Andy Schleck on the climb when the latter had a mechanical problem with his chain. Contador continued his attack, took over the yellow jersey and won 39 seconds, ironically the exact amount of advantage he had in Paris when he won the Tour.

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