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Col de la Lombarde

Col de la Lombarde, at an elevation of 2,350m (7,710ft) above the sea level, is an international high mountain international pass above the ski resort of Isola 2000, situated on the border between France and Italy.

Col de la Lombarde (or Colle della Lombarda) is traversed by the SP.225 / D.97 roads. There are 2 possible routes to reach the summit. On the Italian side, starting in Vinadio the ascent is 21.5 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1447 m. (with an average percentage of 6.9%). The steepest section is at 9.1% (although some bends reach over 14%).
On the French side, starting at Isola 2000, the ascent is 21.2 km long, with an elevation gain of 1.477 m. (with an average percentage of 7%). The steepest section of the climb, situated at the foot of the climb is over the 9.3%. The Tour de France crossed this pass for first time in 2008. The pass was on the 16th stage, running between Cuneo and Jausiers. Seeing recreational vehicles up to the pass is not uncommon. There are some signs of WW2 defenses near the top.The pass is usually open throughout the summer to vehicles. 

 

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