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Pla d'Adet

On the way to the ski resort

A legendary, out-of-category pass, the Pla d’Adet has been a highlight of the Tour de France. Linking the village of Saint-Lary to the winter resort at an altitude of 1,680m, it is a real piece of bravery for experienced cyclists: one of the most difficult climbs in the Pyrenees.


On the road to the Tour de France

The Pla d’Adet climb is rated hors catégorie in the stages of the Tour de France. In fact, it was in 1974 that the Pla d’Adet, then the 16ᵉ stage finish, would be Raymond Poulidor’s very last stage victory.

The last Tour finish at the resort dates back to 2014: it was won by R. Majka.

Identity sheet
  • Start altitude: 822 m
  • End altitude: 1680 m
  • Cumulative elevation gain: 1,094 m
  • Distance:10 km
  • Average gradient:9.5%
  • Level: difficult

This very difficult pass is also technical. It requiresexcellent physical preparation. The panorama will be equal to the effort.

Please bring something to hydrate yourself, there is no shade on the route.

Restaurants are available at the Pla d’Adet resort.

The descent can be made by cable car in July and August.


Preparing for the climb

The climb starts just outside Vignec at an altitude of 800 m and finishes at the foot of the slopes in the resort of Saint-Lary-Soulan. It’s a Tour de France classic with 10 finishes since 1974. The first seven kilometers are reputed to be the most difficult, with an average gradient of around 10%. The climb takes you through the pretty village of Soulan.

At the finish, you’ll find plenty to eat (check off-season) and enjoy the panoramic views over the valley. Catch your breath at the view of the climb to the Col d’Azet.