2,199 positive meters
Mountain ports: Col de l’Iseran (2,770m) – Col de la Madeleine (1,746m)
The first part of the stage has been relatively smooth, and has allowed us to gain altitude while passing through the ski resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isere.
Then things have become more serious, and we have focused on the Col de l’Iseran (2,770m), the highest in the Alps and one of the most beautiful in terms of itinerary and views. It is very high, but nevertheless, the climb is done well because it is very progressive and does not exceed the 7% inclination at any point.
The forecast indicated storms from 4pm on the Col de l’Iseran, and because of its height you can not cycle by in bad weather conditions. That is why we have pushed the start time to the maximum and we have forced the pace as much as possible to pass before that time. We have hit: at 12:30 we were in the port, with a cool, but a spectacular day, and the storm has caught us at 10Km. from Termignon, our arrival point. We have arrived drenched but happy to have completed a spectacular stage.