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Col du Tourmalet, France

April 12th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 
 

Col du Tourmalet (el. 2114 m./6935 ft.) is a high mountain pass in the central Pyrenees in the department of Hautes-Pyrénées in France.

Col du Tourmalet is one of the most famous of the mountain climbs on the Tour de France bicycle race. The Tourmalet has been included more often than any other mountain pass, starting in 1910, when the Pyrenees were introduced in the race.

The ski station La Mongie is located on the eastern side of Col du Tourmalet, and the village of Luz-Saint-Sauveur is at the bottom of the western side.

Tourmalet is also the name of a cheese made from sheep's milk produced in these mountains.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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