A Tour de France classic, it has featured in the Grand Boucle on no less than 20 occasions. The most recent man (2017) to be first over the top being the ski jumper turned TDF contender, Primoz Roglic. From Saint Michel de Maurienne it is 11.3km climb at an average of 7.3%. It is notorious for its blind hairpins, and the last 1km which averages just under 10%. The summit, sitting above the town of Valloire, tops out at 1,570m.
Le Cure went up and over this legendary climb in 2016 and again in 2019, and on both occasions it was the “appetiser” for the Galibier.