The Alps and their cols, a cycler’s paradise
A rendez-vous for the stars of cycling
Since its creation in 1903, the cycling tour is characterised by its mountain stages and the epic exploits of racers who have become legends of the Tour de France. Among the mythical cols in the Alpine ranges, the Col de la Bonette, the highest col in Europe, and the Col de Turini are the most impressive. Both have been used 4 times in the history of this race. The Col de Turini was on the programme of the 2020 edition of the Tour de France. During stage 2, from Nice, the racing cyclists tackled the Col de la Colmiane and the Col de Turini, a total elevation of 3,700 metres. For the record, the 2020 edition which had to be rescheduled in August due to the Covid-19 epidemic, is the only one not to have taken place in July.