Col du Télégraphe is a mountain pass in the French Alps situated above the Maurienne valley between the eastern end of the massif d'Arvan-Villards and the massif des Cerces. The pass links Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne to the north and Valloire to the south, as well as forming an access point to the Col du Galibier via its north face. The Col du Télégraphe was first used in the Tour de France in 1911; the first rider over the summit was Emile Georget. Since 1947, the Col du Télégraphe has been crossed 29 times by the Tour de France. On several of those occasions it has not been ranked for points in the King of the Mountains competition, being treated as part of the descent from the Col du Galibier. It also part of the La Marmotte cyclosportive. The climb is simple to describe: it is a 12 kilometer climb, very regular and averaging 7 percent.