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Champillon Lac

This probably wins the prize for Le Cure’s most obscure climb. It has not featured in the Tour or the Giro, but it certainly should not be underestimated. Tucked away in the northern Aosta Valley, this climb is accessible via a string of tiny roads dotted with Alpine villages. It tops out at 2,078m, after around 11km at an average around 6.5% average.

We tackled after chalking off the Col du Grand St Bernard in the morning, and it is perhaps most memorable for the utterly bizarre weather conditions of monsoon rain and blue skies seemingly alternating with the frequency of the hairpins.

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