In terms of the area they occupy,
the Pyrenees are France's second chain of high mountains.
Nevertheless, the Tour visits the Pyrenees each year.
This site's collection of cols
is restricted to a relatively small part on the French side.
However, it includes some of the most famous Tour de France climbs,
namely the Col du Tourmalet (both sides), the Col d'Aspin (western side),
and the ascents to the ski resorts of Hautacam and Luz-Ardiden.
A comparison with the Alps shows that climbing cols in the Pyrenees
is more or less as hard as climbings their counterparts
in the Alps.
My top-5 passes of the Pyrenees are all harder
than the number 7 of the French Alps of this website.
of the climbs