Day 4: Risoul – Auron

A shorter day with less climbing than day 3, but day 4 promises to be challenging for for a different reason. Nearly 80km into the stage, riders will summit the Cime de la Bonette – at 2,802m above sea level the highest point in Riding The Giants and the highest paved mountain pass in Europe ahead of Col d’Iseran and Passo dello Stelvio – offering views into Italy which at this point is fewer than 10km away.

The good news is that from the summit, there’s 25km of downhill through the Mercantour area of the southern Alps before a short climb up to the ski resort of Auron.

Day 4 Profile and Statistics

Total distance: 110kmTotal Ascent: 3,320mTotal Descent: 3,520m
Time @ 17km/h: 6hr 28 minsTime @23km/h: 4hr 46 mins
Col de Vars, Cime de la Bonnette

Route Cumulative Statistics

Total distance: 419kmTotal Ascent: 13,370mTotal Descent: 12,090m
Cols Conquered: 10

Day 4 Alternative Route

It’s a single road that connects Risoul and Auron, meaning that no alternative route could be found so if an easier day is needed on day 4, it will come through taking transport to the summit of Col de Vars.

Alternative Route Cumulative Statistics

Total distance: 496kmTotal Ascent: 12,020mTotal Descent: 10,750m
Cols Conquered: 8