Visitors will be justifiably amazed by the Popes’ Palace in Avignon, excited during its theatre festival and thrilled by the Chorégies d’Orange opera festival. It is therefore no surprise that tourism now plays an important role in the economy of a department that long remained deeply rural. For cycling fans, however, the real star of the Vaucluse is Mont Ventoux. The ascent of the Giant of Provence, included in the Tour fourteen times so far since 1951, inspires the awe and respect of cyclists and the enthusiasm of spectators. The climb to the Observatory, amidst a lunar landscape, is always a special moment.
Jersey wearers after the stage 20
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