Technically the Col de Champex, but everyone knows it as Champex du Lac. Cheekily billed as “a leg warmer” for day 1 of the 2020 edition, this is actually a 10km climb at 6% which tops out at 1,470m. The stunning azure blue lake is a staging post of the Tour de Mont Blanc, and the climb is a regular feature of the Tour de Suisse.
The decent back down to the valley floor was truly spectacular. Lunch by the Rhine wasn’t bad either. If only we didn’t have to do the Col de la Croix de Coeur in the afternoon.