Risoul is a land of cycling. Amateurs and professionals came to confront the final climb on the station. The summer season remains a privileged time to come and share climbing sensations on one of the most beautiful places of cycling in the Southern Alps.

FOCUS ON … The ascent of Risoul “Enter a legendary route”

Very popular with cyclists, the ascent of Risoul became, especially with the passage of the Tour de France in 2014, known worldwide to the cycling public.

The final climb to Risoul has become a mecca of world cycling. She saw the Tour de France, 2 critérium du Dauphiné, a Giro d'Italie, a tour of the future, 2 Haute Route …

Thousands of viewers were able to appreciate the difficulty of the ascent and the beauty of the landscapes, while vibrating to the suspense of the end of stages. This is why it has become a meeting ground for thousands of fans who join the prowess of champions.

Each corner is embellished with a panel that reminds a stage winner.

Colombian Alexander Quintana Rojas, double stage winner on the resort, will not say otherwise… to cross the lead line in Risoul 1850 you have to know how to climb! Indeed the reward is earned after an ascent of 14 km at 6.7% average that separates the plan of Phazy from the snow front of the resort. Classified in 1st category the difficulty goes crescendo until reaching its paroxysm in the penultimate kilometer and its slopes at 9% average. The climb winds through the heart of a colossal forest of Mélèzes which offers, intermittently, a splendid view of the valley of the Durance and the Fort of Mont-Dauphin, bathed in the background, in the vertiginous whiteness of the Pelvoux and the massif des écrins. 

The stage winners on the climb to Risoul 1850

Critérium du Dauphiné 2010: Nicolas Vogondy – Bbox Bouygues Télécom
Tower of the Future 2010: Nairo Quintana - Colombia
Critérium du Dauphiné 2013: De Marchi Alessandro – Cannondale Pro Cycling
Christopher Froome – Sky - Winner of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2013 in Risoul
Tour de France 2014: Majka – Tinkoff Saxo Bank
Nibali - ASTANA Pro Team - Winner of the Tour de France 2014
Peraud – AG2R la Mondiale
Giro 2016: Vicenso Nibali – Astana – Winner of the 2016 Giro