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Ongoing work on the Chambon tunnel between the col du Lauteret and Bourg d'Oisans has meant that the organisers of the Marmotte sportif have had to find a new route. Leaving out the iconic Galibier has not pleased some riders. We take a look at the new route, its challenges and whether 2015 will go down as a vintage.
Rated as harder than Zoncolan and Mortirolo, one of the most difficult paved roads in Italy. The climb is not too bad until 970 meters, the average 10% gradient is interspersed with short sections of 15-18%. The the road surface degrades with pot holes and gravel and an average of 20% for 2km with sections at 33%. About 500m before Scirombei the road flattens and the surface improves to Corte Mezzo and a refuge. I didn't ride higher due to time. Take care on the descent.