145.2077, 6.4723 Start in Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne. If you need a warm up then park some distance out of town since the climbing starts pretty well immediately in the village.
245.1990, 6.4435 Most of the Télegraph climb is in the trees which offer some respite if it is hot. The angle isn't too bad on this section but it is fairly unrelenting. At the col the valley opens out ahead of you giving a distant glimpse of your journey to come.
345.1641, 6.4260 The next section descends to Valloire which comes as a slightly annoying distraction with its roundabouts and traffic. As you leave the village the angle is very gentle allowing you to ease yourself back into a rhythm.
445.1158, 6.4217 The immense valley provides great scenery around you while ahead you see it rising up blocking the way. A good section to get some tempo into your riding.
545.0855, 6.4349 The first big zig-zags are visible from a distance away and also mark a significant increase in angle - up to 10% to 12% on this section. This is the main section of the climb and one to take a steady approach on since it goes on for a looooong time.
645.0658, 6.4081 As the final section looms over you the road opens at a hotel and the entrance to the tunnel. This was the only way over until the final summit zig-zags were built in 1976 while the tunnel was restored. Now both ways are open but don't even think about taking the tunnel option if you are on a road bike!
745.0632, 6.4081 The summit col - a remarkably constricted piece of land to finish a stage of the Tour de France as they did in 2011. There is no cafe here, just the endless descent back down. Don't linger here long if it is cold.
Further Routes by Alan James - UKC and UKH
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