The towns / A sporting view
The city of Henri IV has welcomed the race in style, 65 times which puts it on the podium with Paris and Bordeaux as the most visited cities of the Tour. For the last two finishes that took place there, the Bearn area found itself a prince. Indeed Pierrick Fedrigo became one of the very few riders to manage a double in Pau. In 2010, he triumphed in the stage that took the pack on the course of the first mountain stage in the Pyrenees a century earlier. Two years later, he captured another win after again being part of a successful breakaway.
Mountain passes & hills
- Km 95,5 - Col du Tourmalet17,1 kilometre-long climb at 7,3%
- Km 145 - Hautacam13,6 kilometre-long climb at 7,8%
Four stages of the Tour have already finished at the top of the climb heading to the resort above Lourdes. Luc Leblanc was the first to win there in 1994, a few months before conquering the World champion's title in Sicily. Hautacam was also a turning point in the career of Cadel Evans. In 2008, he indeed captured the race leadership for the very first time with a 1sec advantage over Fränk Schleck. That first experience in yellow was only to last five days for the Australian, troubled by an injury.
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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