Cormet de Roselend

Cormet de Roselend (el. 1967 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Alps in the department of Savoie in France.

Cormet de Roselend
Lac de Roselend near the pass
Elevation1,967 m (6,453 ft)
Traversed byD 925
LocationSavoie, France
Coordinates45°41′28″N 06°41′26″E
Cormet de Roselend
Location of Cormet de Roselend

It connects Beaufort in the Beaufortain valley and Bourg-Saint-Maurice in the Tarentaise Valley. On the west side of the pass lies the Lac de Roselend, a reservoir that can be reached by the Col de Méraillet or the Col du Pré.

Details of climb

On the north-western side, starting from Beaufort, the climb is 20.3 km long. Over this distance, the climb is 1227 m. (an average percentage of 6.0%), with the steepest sections at 10.0%.

From Bourg-Saint-Maurice to the south-east, the Cormet de Roselend is 19.35 km long. Over this distance, the climb is 1154 m. (an average percentage of 6.0%), with the steepest sections at 8.9%.

Appearances in Tour de France

The pass was first included in the Tour de France in 1979 and has since featured 9 times, most recently in stage 11 of the 2018 Tour de France.

Year Stage Category Start Finish Leader at the summit
2018 11 2 Albertville La Rosière Warren Barguil
2009 17 1 Bourg-Saint-Maurice Le Grand-Bornand Franco Pellizotti
2007 8 1 Le Grand-Bornand Tignes Michael Rasmussen
2005 10 1 Grenoble Courchevel Alejandro Valverde
2002 17 1 Aime Cluses Mario Aerts
1996 7 1 Chambéry Les Arcs Udo Bölts
1995 9 1 Le Grand-Bornand La Plagne Alex Zülle
1992 13 1 Saint-GervaisMont Blanc Sestrières Claudio Chiappucci
1987 22 1 La Plagne Morzine Mathieu Hermans
1984 19 1 La Plagne Morzine Francis Castaing
1979 16 1 Morzine Les Menuires Henk Lubberding

One of the most memorable years for the Cormet de Roseland was the 1996 Tour de France. It was just before the summit on the Cormet de Roseland that Frenchman Stéphane Heulot cracked, lost the Maillot Jaune and bowed out of the race.[1]. It was also on the Cormet de Roseland that Johan Bruyneel overshot a fast left-hand bend and disappeared over the edge, as he descended towards Bourg-St-Maurice. Spectators feared the worst but thankfully Bruyneel managed to climb back up, apparently unscathed.[2]

See also


  1. This is material that comes from a book. (Friebe and Goding, Mountain Higher, 2013, page 147)
  2. YouTube video
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