The youngest volcano in the Chaîne des Puys is also its highest peak. It has also established a special place for itself within the Tour’s history since being selected as one of the first major high-altitude finishes during the 1952 edition. As had been the case at Alpe d’Huez and Sestrières, Fausto Coppi won at the summit that year. Yet it’s the images of the Anquetil-Poulidor duel in 1964 that made this peak quite iconic, to the point where it’s easy to forget that the climb was also conquered by Federico Bahamontes in a time trial in 1959, as well as by two-time winners Luis Ocaña (1971 and 1973) and Joop Zoetemelk (1976 and 1978). Denmark’s Johnny Weltz was the last winner there in 1988.
- Stage finish for the 14th time
- Highest peak (1,465m) in the Chaîne des Puys in the Massif Central
- Located within the municipalities of Ceyssat and Orcines in Puy-de-Dôme (63)
- Population: 662,000 in the department of Puy-de-Dôme