Thursday July 19th, 2012

Stage 17Bagnères-de-Luchon / Peyragudes

Start 13h00 GMT 2+

Valverde's successful return

Movistar had won a stage of the 2011 Tour de France with Rui Costa triumphant in Super Besse but really the Spanish team was always thinking about the return of its true leader Alejandro Valverde who was busy serving a suspension last year. Now that he's back in the race, he's back on the podium. He wasn't the contender for GC honours that Movistar would have hoped for - as he's well down the rankings - but that meant he was able to put himself in an escape group and chase a victory in the final stage in the Pyrenees of the 99th edition. And it was Costa who helped set up his leader for an...

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Tourist attractions

Bagnères-de-Luchon

The stage will depart from the main artery of the city, les Allées Etigny. This avenue, characterized by its row of architecturally varied buildings is opposite the Thermal Springs for which the city has been known since Roman times. Busiest station of the Haute-Garonne and the Midi-Pyrénées, Bagnères-de-Luchon, that joined the European Association of Spa Towns in 2011, originally specialised in the treatment of respiratory tracts and rheumatology. It added lombago, fibromyalgia and cures for smoking cessation. Its vaporarium, huge natural steam room, is unique in Europe. It consists of a network of galleries built underground in the late 60s and renovated in 2010. From the depths of the mountain, the water filters through the rock walls giving out a soft vapour whose heat varies between 38 and 40 degrees. In addition to their therapeutic properties, the sources have geothermal potential which, in the near future, will be used to heat the spa facility and supply a heating network.

Spa CHAMBERT - © Jean-Michel EMPORTES Vaporarium - © Jean-Michel EMPORTES
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Population: 2,700
Haute-Garonne department

Specialities : water, specialities from the Pyrenees.
Economy : hydrotherapy, tourism.
Celebrities : Edmond Rostand, Guy and Roger Lapebie (cyclists), Britt and Ingrid Lafforgue (skiers), Lys Gauty (singer).
Events : flower festival, festival of audiovisual creation.

Peyragudes

At the heart of the Pyrenees, Peyragudes is a mountain resort that offers 60 kilometres of ski pistes in the winter and a variety of mountain activities in summer. Created in 1988 following the merger of two ski resorts, the resort of Agudes and the resort of Peyresourde, Peyragudes straddles two departments, the Haute-Garonne on the Agudes side and the Hautes-Pyrenees on the Peyresourde side. In summer, many mountain activities are available such as paragliding, hiking, mountain scooters, mountain climbing and fishing while many cyclists frequent the resort to climb the surrounding legendary mountain passes like the Col de Peyresourde or the Aspin. In winter, Peyragudes is a modern ski resort with more than 1500 hectares with magnificent scenery on the highest peaks in the Pyrenees. The resort also offers many after-ski activities: discover the world of the piste-basher, have an introduction to driving sled dogs, try nights in an igloo but also relax at Balnéa, the natural spring spa located fifteen minutes away on the banks of Lake Genos-Loudenvielle.

Peyragudes aerial winter view of Peyresourde side - © Jean-Noel Herranz Peyragudes view of Peyresourde side in the summer - © Jean-Noel Herranz
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Winter sports resort in Hautes-Pyrénées (65)
Pop; 1,200 in the community of communes of the Louron valley.

Economy : ski, tourism.
Specialties : Frênette (alcohol made from ash tree), mountain honey, cheese, black pig of Bigorre.
Sport: ski, paragliding (World Cup in 2013), longboard skate (World Cup in August 2012)
Celebrities : Baron d’Etigny.

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