Route: D1091 & D902 Briancon to Col du Galibier (22 miles)
The D1091 is the main road linking Briancon with Bourg d’Oisans and Grenoble. You wouldn’t really recognise this as a col as it’s just a fast well surfaced main A-road which gradually climbs up to the top of the col where you can turn right onto the Col du Galibier. There’s quite a lot of traffic on this road but on a bike it won’t delay you very much. As this is a main route for travel between France and Italy, the col is kept open virtually all year round.