58-time stage city
Chef-lieu de canton of Haute-Garonne (31)
2 800 inhabitant
Among the most faithful stage cities, Bagnères-de-Luchon, also known as Luchon, appeared on the map of the Tour de France on 58 occasions as a starter or an exit of the Pyrenees program. The last time the common welcomed the start of a mountain stage was back in 2012 for a long ride towards the resort of Peyragudes that entered the Tour club that year, and where Alejandro Valverde conquered the win.
During the winter, the Pyrenees resort is under the spotlights thanks to its two prestigious children, Xavier and Paul-Henri de Le Rue, World and Olympic medal hunters on their snowboards. In the summer, on frequent occasions, the climbers of the Tour take on the show. A winner there, Lucien Van Impe both built his final victory in 1976 but also consolidated his polka-dot jersey in 1981. It was also the case of Mariano Martinez (1978) and more recently Rafal Majka (2014), on the heights of the village at Pla d’Adet.
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