Rafal Majka claimed his first victory of the 2015 season as he repeated his two stage victories in Risoul and Saint-Lary-Soulan at the first Tour de France he took part in last year. The Polish climber rode away solo from a breakaway group to clinch the prestigious Souvenir Jacques Goddet at the top of the Tourmalet. A surprise King of the Mountains last year, he confirmed his status as a great Tour de France contender once he got freed from his domestique duties at the service of Alberto...
Second overall a year ago, France's Jean-Christophe Peraud struggled again in stage 11, finishing 21'44» behind Rafal Majka.
The stage in videos
- On-board camera
- Landscape of the day
- Buzz of the day
- The Flamme rouge - The last kilometre
- La minute maillot jaune LCL
- [Official Teaser] Tour de France 2015
- Stage Analysis by Jean-Michel Monin...
- Safety 2015
- Parc national des Pyrénées
- The towns 2015 : visit Pau
The stage in pictures
Tour de France 2015 - 11/07/2015 - 11ème Etape - Pau / Cauterets - Vallée de Saint-Savin- 188Km - Tejay VAN GARDEREN (BMC), Pierre ROLLAND (EUC) ET Tony GALLOPIN (TLS) © ASO/B.Bade
A sporting view
The city of King Henry the 4th hosted the race in fine style on 66 occasions which puts it on the podium behind Paris and Bordeaux of the most visited towns of the Tour. On the last two finishes that were set there, the Bearn area found itself a new Prince. Pierrick Fedrigo indeed entered the club of the very few riders having triumphed twice in Pau, first in 2010, and then again two years later in 2012.
Prefecture of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)
Specialities: Béarnaise sauce, garbure, poule au pot (chicken in a pot), foie gras, confit, Jurançon, Béarn wines, gâteau à la broche, merveilles (fritters), coucougnettes du Vert Galant (sweets), jams, honey
Economy: services, petroleum and geosciences engineering, petrochemicals and chemicals, pharmaceuticals, agro alimentary industry, aerospace, information technology, tourism
Sport: Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez (basketball), Section Paloise (rugby), golf, Basque pelota, elite French canoeing centre
Personalities: Henri IV, Saint-John Perse (poet), Vladimir Nabokov, Christian Laborde (writers), Patrice and Tony Estanguet (kayak), Stéphane Augé (cycling), Julien Escudé (football)
Festivals : Carnaval Biarnès (February, Festival de danses plurielles, Images de Montagne, Urban Session, Ciné Cité, The Summer in Pau (song), Book Fair, Festival Access (electronic music, November)
Cauterets - Vallée de
The common developed around its thermal baths that attracted during the XIXth century authors such as George Sand, Chateaubriand or Victor Hugo. But cycling enthusiasts mainly remember that on the day of the only visit of the Tour in Cauterets, the event had been struck by one of the most terrible moments of its history. In 1995, after suffering a severe crash on a descent, Olympic Champion Fabio Casartelli passed away just after reaching the Col de Portet-d'Aspet.
Mountain resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées (65)
Economy: agriculture, spas, tourism
Specialities: berlingot (boiled sweets), black Bigorre pork, apple stuffed with foie gras, tastou (truffle bread), Tarbes beans, Jurançon
Sport: skiing, cycling, rugby
Personalities: Saint Savin, Gaston Fébus, Marguerite de Navarre, Bernadette Soubirous, Sim
Festivals: Free Ride Film Festival, Latino Roc, Oxygen for the Ears, Garosnow
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