Prefecture : Pau.
Sub-prefectures : Bayonne, Oloron-Sainte-Marie
Population : 643 000 habitants
Website : www.cg64.fr
Between the Gascony Gulf and the Pyrenees, Pyrenees Atlantiques is the 10th biggest department in France. In the south, the Pyrenees stand as high as the eye can see while the North is covered in valleys. Pyrenean rivers – the “gaves” – shape narrow valleys through the mountains which widen into large plains. The Bearn province was extremely wealthy up to the Revolution and declined in the 19th century. The discovery of natural gas in Lacq created a new petrochemical industry while thermal waters and good wines have been known for a very long time.
Km 0 : Lombez
Inspired from the Jacobins church in Toulouse, the Lombez cathedral dates from the 14th century. The five-floor octagonal bell tower was built in the two following centuries. The cathedral was originally a Romanesque Benedictine abbatial church from the 12th and 13th centuries. When pope John XXII decided to name a bishop in Lombez in 1317, the church was judged too small and enlarged. The first bishop, Arnaud Roger of Comminges built the first bell tower, standing at 41 metres. At the time, the canons of Lombez came from Toulouse St Etienne church, hence the similarity between the two bell towers.
Portadores de maillots al final de la etapa 20
Diario de la etapa
- 23:00Resumen de la carrera
- 17:43Impresionante traca final de Mark Cavendish
- 16:00Entrevista - Ganador de la etapa
- 19:23Y finalmente, el Lotto-Belisol
- 19:22Peter Sagan: "Nunca pensé que...
- 19:20Chris Froome: "Me siento feliz de haber...
- 19:09Tejay Van Garderen: "Dentro de unos años...
- 18:46Bradley Wiggins: "Hay que vivirlo al máximo"
- 16:35Mark Cavendish: "No hay mejor país para...
- 11:45Análisis de la etapa
- 11:30¿Quién puede plantar cara a Cavendish?
- 10:30Recorrido del día
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