Colle dell'Agnello

Colle dell'Agnello, one of the highest roads of Europe

Col Agnel (Colle dell'Agnello in Italian) at an elevation of 2.744m (9,003ft) above the sea level, is an international high mountain pass in the Cottian Alps, between France and Italy, which links the Queyras valley (Hautes-Alpes) with Pontechianale in the province of Cuneo, Piedmont. It's one of the highest roads of Europe.

At the summit, the pass links the Italian road SP251 and the French D205t. Despite being the highest international pass of the Alps, Col Agnel is not heavily used. It's one of the highest roads of the country. There are 2 routes to reach the summit. From Château-Queyras (in France), the climb is 20.5 km long at an average gradient of 6.6%. And staring from Casteldelfino (in Italy), the climb is 22.4 km long at an average gradient of 6.5%. 

The pass was resurfaced in 2008 for its first appearance in the Tour de France. Col Agnel was crossed for the first time on 20th July during stage 15 of the 2008 edition. This road is seasonally closed. 

 

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