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Col du Petit Saint Bernard

The Petit San Bernard tops out at fairly hefty 2,188m. It was first crossed by the Tour de France in 1949, when it was led over by the legendary Gino Bartali.

Le Cure crossed this not so small pass on day 1 of the 2019 edition. The grand depart that year had been from Courmayeur, in the Aosta valley (our first ever non-French start), and before leaving Italy we had already chalked off the super punchy Colle San Carlo. From there we descended into the ski resort of La Thuile before tackling the western side of the Petit San Bernard. The col straddles the Italian / French border, and whilst the stats say that it is only 6% gradient the fact that the last couple of km are over 2,000m means that it was no easy ride.

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