The Tinkoff show goes on! Following Michael Rogers' day of glory in the first day in the Pyrenees, Rafal Majka claimed his second stage win at Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet. The Polish rider took advantage of his triumph to increase his lead over Joaquim Rodriguez in the King of the Mountains competition while the Frenchman of the day was Jean-Christophe Péraud. The veteran from AG2R-La Mondiale positioned himself as a potential top 3 finisher as he was the only rider able to follow race leader...
The most visited climb of the Tour de France (78 times) is on the menu of stage 18: the col du Tourmalet. Spectacle is guaranteed where the Souvenir Jacques-Goddet will be awarded in the memory of the longest serving Tour de France director. After the mythical climb of the Pyrenees, there'll be 50km remaining to the uphill finish of Hautacam above Lourdes. This is the city of miracles where French riders Thibaut Pinot, Jean-Christophe Péraud and Romain Bardet are expected to race with their...
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Tour de France 2014 - Etape 17 - Saint-Gaudens / Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet - 23/07/2014 - Cyril GAUTIER a encore tenté sa chance aujourd'hui © ASO/B.Bade
A sporting view
Here's another Pyrenees city that has a familiar name to cycling fans. Some of the greatest mountain stages in the history of the Tour finished there, like in 1955 when Louison Bobet conquered the Yellow Jersey that would eventually make him the first rider to conquer the Tour de France three consecutive times. Situated at the crossroads of the different Pyrenees paths, the town also witnessed the victories of Bartali, Gaul, Darrigade or Ocaña.
Population : 12,500 inhabitants (Saint-Gaudinois), 23,000 habitants in the 21 communes of the Saint-Gaudinois Community of Communes
Economy : Wallpaper production (Fibre Excellence), Small-Medium sized businesses and industry (Sercel, Giuliani, Cassagne, Pyréthem), Offshoots of the Haut-Garonne General Council, Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of
Agriculture, Chamber of Employment
Culture : theatre, Centre of modern art in the Chapelle Saint - Jacques (XVIII century), museum, Youth and Culture Centre, Les Promonades (National Centre of Street Arts), Music conservatory, Library, Saint-Gaudens Carnival, Jazz in Comminges
Sports : 80 sports associations, rugby 15s and 13s, Women's International Tennis Tournament, the Route du Sud, Comminges Speed Car Race
Sustainable Development : systematic development of cycle lanes during roadworks free electric shuttle between the train station and town centre car parks, free Movigo (nine lines in total of which four serve the town and five the
outskirts), Movibus (free transport for people of reduced mobility), cycle route along the Garonne
Labels : ville ludique et sportive de France (fun and sporty city), 2 flowers
Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet
The first time the Tour finished in Saint-Lary was back in 1974 when Raymond Poulidor had captured the last of his six stage successes on the event, putting the pressure on Eddy Merckx. The scene occurred under the eyes of Daniel Mangeas who was making his improvised debut as the official Tour speaker! Two years later, confirmed in his function, he was present to commentate on the solo victory of Belgian Lucien Van Impe, who sealed his triumph in his battle against Joop Zoetemelk.
Hautes-Pyrénées (65), Mountain tourist resort
Population : 970 inhabitants (Saint-Laryens or Saint-Hilariens)
Economy : leading ski resort in the French Pyrénées, Saint-Lary has seen four seasons activity develop mixing tourism, mountain sports and traditional activities
Culture : Hachan Tower, Moulin Debat, Sainte-Marie chapel, Bear Museum, Pyrenean National Park Museum, Museum of the Vallée d'Aure. Festivals: Salsa in the Mountains (January), Pig Festival (January), Aure Book Festival (June), Little Mountain Church Festival (July and August)
Sport : COS (rugby), Brown Bears (snowboarding), ski, mountaineering. Events : Snowboarding World Cup, the Pyrenean sportive, Ronde des Vélos (race against the clock based on the time taken by Raymond Poulidor between Saint-Lary and Pla d'Adet in the Tour de France 1974), Patou Trail (runners)
Specialities : Bigorre black pork, garbure (thick French soup or stew with ham), soupe de sarrous (spinach soup), gâteau à la broche (cake cooked on a spit)
Sustainable Development : more than 90% of the area is classified and protected. In the winter there are free shuttles and two eco-lifts between the village and the ski slopes.
Labels : Land of Art and History, Pyrenean National Park, Famille Plus
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Will the three stages in the Vosges determine the overall winner?
- Yes, they’ll confirm Nibali’s domination9.61%
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