Friday July 20th, 2012

Stage 18Blagnac / Brive-la-Gaillarde

Start 11h20 GMT 2+

Suspense to the very end - but Cavendish wins... again!

The profile begged for a sprint but at the end of three weeks of racing there are plenty of ambitions yet to be fulfilled. There were 14 teams without a stage win and all of them worked hard to make amends in the race from Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde but ultimately their hopes were destroyed by a magnificent sprint by the Manxman who only blasted into contention in the final kilometre. And it was none other than Bradley Wiggins who started the lead-out, then an early escapee - Edvald Boasson Hagen - who dragged Mark Cavendish up to the last of the breakaways. And then it happened: a...

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The land of plenty, Caravelle, Concorde and now the A380! European centre for aerospace, gateway to the Midi-Pyrenees with its international airport, Blagnac is the birthplace of the A380 and the world headquarters of Airbus and ATR (Regional Transport Planes). With a great vitality, it is booming with the creation of 1,600 jobs per year, about 35,000 jobs in 800 hectares of business parks. On the site of AeroConstellation is the Jean-Luc Lagardere factory, the largest aircraft factory in Europe which houses the A380 assembly lines. At the end of 2013, the Aéroscopia museum will open its doors nearby housing legendary planes: Caravelle, Concorde, Super Guppy, the A300 and the great Airbus family. Moreover, with 84 acres of town centre parkland and 112 hectares of market gardens, Blagnac, on the banks of the Garonne, offers a quality of life largely inspired by its roots in the land of plenty. The energy of the city is further reinforced with the opening Tram line T1 and the development of Andromeda, the first eco-neighborhood in the Midi-Pyrenees.

Old Blagnac - @ City of Blagnac Aeroconstellation Site - @ City of Blagnac


Sub-prefecture of Corrèze, Brive is the most populated municipality of the department and the second, after Limoges, for all of the Limousin region. Its architectural heritage includes notably seventeen classed monuments as well as the famous market, sung about by Georges Brassens. Its "Fat Fairs", the rugby team Club Athletic Brive Corrèze Limousin (CABCL), European champions in 1997, and the Book Fair, which takes place each year in November, also contribute to its fame. With a dynamic economic pool and a university of 1,850 students,the city is located at the crossroads of a major motorway junction between the A20 and A89 while its new Brive-Vallée Dordogne airport, is situated at the crossroads of three regions, Limousin, Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrenees. On the sports front, about 150 clubs practise 70 different sports in the 160 municipal or private sports facilities. It is with pleasure and pride that with the town council, the General Council of Corrèze and the Regional Council of Limousin, Brive welcomes the Tour de France for the tenth time.

Aerial view of Brive - Credit: Brive Mag Municipal Theatre and its water mirror - Credit: Brive Mag

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