The towns / 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.
20 000 inhabitants in the 21 commons of the Communauté de Communes du Saint-Gaudinois including 11 700 in Saint-Gaudens
Haute-Garonne Sous-préfecture (31)
Mountain passes & hills
- Km 57,5 - Col du Portillon8,3 kilometre-long climb at 7,1%
- Km 82 - Col de Peyresourde13,2 kilometre-long climb at 7%
- Km 102,5 - Col de Val Louron-Azet7,4 kilometre-long climb at 8,3%
- Km 125 - Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet10,2 kilometre-long climb at 8,3%
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.
Corporate social responsibility
Since it was founded, Amaury Sport Organisation has been involved in various sponsorship and philanthropy activities. It is the generosity of sport that can be found in a certain number of initiatives aiming to invest in the workings of the disciplines themselves (sponsorship of the French Federation of Cycling), in a humanitarian and social framework, (Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, Actions Dakar, Un Techo Para Mi Pais) or in the environmental sphere (Madre De Dios, selective sorting, etc.). Read more
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