Col Agnel

Agnel Pass is one of the European highest paved roads

Col Agnel-Colle dell'Agnello is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.744m (9,003ft) above the sea level located on the French-Italian border. It's one of the highest roads of Europe.

Where is Col Agnel?

Located in the Regional Natural Park of Queyras, the pass links the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of south-eastern France and the province of Cuneo, in the southwest of the Piedmont region of Italy. Despite being the highest international pass of the Alps, Col Agnel is not heavily used.

Can you drive to Col Agnel?

The road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called D205T (in France) and SP251-Strada Provinciale 251 (in Italy). The pass is 35.2 km (21.87 miles) long, running from Molines-en-Queyras (in southeastern France) and Casteldelfino (in northern Italy). It's one of the highest roads of the country.

Is Col Agnel open?

Set high in the Cottian Alps this road is seasonally closed: it’s usually impassable from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow). The road to the summit is very steep and hits a 15% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. It has appeared in the Giro d’Italia and in the Tour de France races. The pass was resurfaced in 2008 for its first appearance in the Tour de France on 20th July during stage 15 of the 2008 edition.

 

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