Ascended from both sides by Le Cure (2015, 2018), the Iseran is the highest mountain pass and longest climb in Europe. Reaching an altitude of 2,770m the climb offers stunning views over the ski resort of Val d’isere… when you can see. In 2018 Curistas reached the ascent in freezing fog, rain and occasional snow flurries. Thankfully there is a handy cafe at the top!
The Iseran first featured in the Tour in 1938 and was home to the first mountain time trial in 1939. It has only been included five times since, but will return for the Tour’s 100th edition in 2019.