After Rafal Majka in the Alps, another of Alberto Contador's domestiques claimed his first stage victory at the Tour de France. Michael Rogers managed to get rid of the Europcar duo formed of Thomas Voeckler and Cyril Gautier to arrive solo in Bagnères-de-Luchon. In the yellow jersey group, Thibaut Pinot took a significant advantage over direct rivals Tejay van Garderen and Romain Bardet while Vincenzo Nibali comfortably retained the overall lead.
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Tour de France 2014 - Etape 16 - Carcassonne / Bagnères de Luchon - 22/07/2014 - Le peloton dans la grotte du MAS D'AZIL © ASO/B.Bade
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An impressive fireworks show that attracts each year over 500 000 people on the evening of the 14th of July came as a bit of a bonus gift for Yaroslav Popovych who had won the stage that finished in the town in 2006. Among the riders who put Carcassonne on fire, Jean Stablinski had triumphed there during one of his most glorious seasons. It came after a stage success at the Tour of Spain that he finished in 6th position overall, a second French champion's title and of course his victory at the World Championships.
Population : 48,700 inhabitants (Carcassonnais), 105,000 in the 73 communes of Carcassonne Agglo
Economy : tourism, Arts, University Institute of Technology, airport
Culture : City of Carcassonne and château comtal (registered in the Centre des monuments nationaux), Midi canal, Lake Cavayère, Saint-Nazaire Basilica, Jean Alary theatre, Saint-Vincent belltower, Museum of Fine Arts, musée-trésor de Notre-Dame de l'Abbaye, School Museum, Centre of National Monuments.
Festivals: Carcassonne Festival, The Magic of Christmas, Carcassonne Fair, Saint-Vincent Festival
Sport : USC XV (rugby), ASC XIII (rugby). Events: Carcassonne Duathlon, International Swimming Meeting, Ronde des vendanges, Cross de la Cité (running races around the city)
Specialites : Club Prosper Montagné, cooking competition, cassoulet, wines from Aude (Minervois, Cabardès, Corbières, Malepère)
Sustainable Development : 7 km of cycle paths, public transport running on natural gas or electricity.
Labels : Medieval city and Midi canal classed as UNESCO world heritage sites, the Saint-Louis Bastide classed as a protected area, Blue Flag for the Midi Canal Port, 1 flower
In 1910, Luchon entered history by welcoming the finish and then the start of the first two high mountain stages of the Tour de France, both claimed by Octave Lapize. For that reason, the city deserves its nickname as the Queen of the Pyrenees.
A hundred years later, a similar program had been set up to the riders of the Tour. Thomas Voeckler won in Bagnères-de-Luchon with the French champion's jersey on his shoulders. And in 2012, the Europcar rider made the best of a long breakaway to conquer yet another win in the thermal town.
Capital town of Haute-Garonne (31), Mountain tourist resort
Population : 2,800 inhabitants (Luchonnais)
Economy : “four seasons” tourism, hydrotherapy, agropastoralism
Culture : Luchon-Superbagnères, doyenne of the Pyrenean resorts, Casino, Spas, Villa Edmond Rostand, outstanding parks and gardens, Museum of the Pays de Luchon, Aeronautical Museum, Hospice de France Museum, Cog
Railway Museum, Maison du Curiste. Festivals: Audiovisual Festival, Flower Festival, Jazz Festival
Sport : La Lapébie sportive, Route du Sud, Luchon Aneto Trail. Activities: ski, snowshoeing, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, white water sports, skate park. Top level sports teams (Toulouse FC, football, Spacer's Toulouse Volleyball, Fenix Toulouse handball)
Specialities : pétéram (a dish prepared from sheep tripe) pistache (mutton based cassoulet), gâteau à la broche (cake cooked on a spit), “Dardenne” chocolates, Mineral water from Luchon, organic Oô trout, Pyrenean soap factory
Sustainable Development : shuttles to link up the spas and the ski slopes, cycle paths, Energy for Citizens Award 2012
Labels : Grand Site Midi-Pyrénées, 3 fl owers, European Association of Historic Thermal Spa Towns, classified tourist resort
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