Col d'Aspin is a high mountain pass in the French Pyrenees in the department of Hautes-Pyrénées. It connects Sainte-Marie-de-Campan, in the upper Adour valley, with Arreau, on the River Neste.
Details Of The Climbs
From Sainte-Marie-de-Campan (west), the ascent is 12.8 km. long, gaining 642 m. in height, at an average of 5%. By comparison with its neighbour, the Col du Tourmalet, this is considered an "easy" climb with only the last 5 kilometers, at about 8%, being difficult.From Arreau (east), the climb is more difficult; over 12 km. the climb averages 6.5%, gaining 779m. in height.
Tour de France
The pass has been part of the Tour de France 66 times, largely because it is the middle link in a chain of three road climbs, that also includes the Col du Tourmalet (2,115m) and Col de Peyresourde (1,569m). The first time the Col was crossed was in 1910 when the leader over the summit was Octave Lapize.In the 1950 Tour, there was an altercation at the pass with bottles and stones being thrown at the riders, and the Italian team with Gino Bartali and Fiorenzo Magni, the leaders at the time, withdrew from the Tour at the end of the stage from Pau to Saint-Gaudens.It was crossed on Stage 16 of the 2012 tour.
Elevation: 1,489 m (4,885 ft)