Vincenzo Nibali proved once again to being the absolute strongest rider of the 2014 Tour de France. He crowned his domination by winning solo at Hautacam while second placed Thibaut Pinot was the other beneficiary of the last Pyrenean stage. Third placed Rafal Majka is mathematically the King of the Mountains.
Fifth in Hautacam and still 6th overall, 11:34 behind Vincenzo Nibali, Tejay Van Garderen said he did his very best but was not able to drop Thibaut Pinot on the last climb.
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Tour de France 2014 - Etape 18 - Pau / Hautacam - 24/07/2014 - Vicenzo NIBALI a remporté sa quatrième victoire d'étape de ce Tour © ASO/G.Demouveaux
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.
Population : 81,500 inhabitants (Palois), 151,000 inhabitants in the 14 communes of the Pau-Pyrénées Agglomeration
Economy : aeronautics, geosciences, food and pharmaceutical industries, equine industry, University town, Military
Culture : château de Pau where King Henri IV was born, Cité des Pyrénées, Le Bel Ordinaire (modern art space), Museum of Fine Arts, Bernadotte Museum, Aviation Museum. Festivals: Biarnès Carnival, Hestiv' Oc, Pau-Pyrenees book festival, Urban Session (dance), Un Aller-Retour dans le noir (festival of detective novels), Summer in Pau (music)
Sport : Section Paloise (rugby Pro D2), Élan béarnais (basket Pro A), Car Racing Grand Prix, The Stars of Pau (riding competition)
Specialities : wines from Jurançon and Madiran, foie gras, garbure (thick French soup or stew), béarnaise sauce, poule au pot (chicken in a pot)
Sustainable Development : Sustainable Development ribbons in 2012, network of IDELIS buses, 25 km of slopes and 101 km of cycle lanes, 220 self service bikes, car sharing, free funicular railway, taxi bikes, Natural urban park
Labels : Town of Art and History, 4 flowers, Child friendly town
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.
Mountain resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées (65) joined with Argelès-Gazost
Population : 3,500 inhabitants (Argelésiens). 7,500 inhabitants in the 16 communes of the Vallée d'Argelès-Gazost Community of Communes
Economy : winter and summer tourism, hydrotherapy (11,000 beds), mountain farming, hydroelectric energy
Culture : Saint-Savin Abbey, donjon des aigles, animal park in the Pyrenees, tropical aquarium, thermal spa. Festivals : Muchas Bandas, Fiesta Mômes, Estiv'art, Pyrénées Dog Festival, transhumance, Confrériales gastronomiques
(traditional festival celebrating the garbure - French stew)
Sport : winter: alpine skiing, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, dog sled, luge. Summer : hiking, fi shing, paragliding, rafting, tree climbing, devalkart, mountain boarding, grass scootering, via ferrata, climbing, canyoning, 180 km of mountain bike trails, FFC Cyclosport Centre, parapente, eaux vives, acrobranche, devalkart, mountain bord, trail des Neiges race, Enduro Mountain biking, Grand Raid des Pyrénées, La Pyrénéenne
Specialities : garbure bigourdane (French soup/stew), gâteau à la broche (cake on a spit), porc noir de Bigorre (Bigorre black pork)
Sustainable Development : Gaves Green Route, 18 kilometres cycle paths, Tourism and Handicap label, Agenda 21 (Argelès-Gazost), Nature Reserve 2000
Labels : 4 flowers, environmentally friendly resort, Argelès-Gazost classified resort
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Will the three stages in the Vosges determine the overall winner?
- Yes, they’ll confirm Nibali’s domination9.61%
- No, the real fight will happen in the Alps47.68%
- No, Contador will win the Tour in the Pyrenees30.74%
- No, Porte will beat them all in the time trial11.97%