Col de Montgenèvre

Col de Montgenèvre, a mountain road in the Cottian Alps

Col de Montgenèvre (Passo del Monginevro) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.854m (6,083ft) above the sea level, located in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, near the Italian border.

Nestled in the Cottian Alps, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called N94 road. The pass is kept open in winter and takes its name from the village Montgenèvre, which lies in the vicinity. The road to the summit is steep, hitting a maximum gradient of 10.0% through some of the ramps. It gets a decent amount of traffic in summer.

The pass is 20.6 km (12.80 miles) long running from Briançon (in southeastern France) to Cesana Torinese (in the Italian region Piedmont). It is an important road connection between both countries. Its importance has always lain in the fact that it is the lowest of the principal crossings of the main range of the Alps between both countries. The drive has fantastic views back over towards Briançon.

The Col de Montgenèvre has appeared on the Tour de France several times. There are 2 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Cesana Torinese, the ascent is 7.9 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 481 meters. The average percentage is 6 %. And starting from Briancon, the ascent is 14.09 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 580 meters. The average percentage is 4.1 %.


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