Friday July 8th, 2016

Stage 7L'Isle-Jourdain / Lac de Payolle

  • Christian Prudhomme's comment

    As the Tour enters the Pyrenees, the pace should increase and the race enter a new dimension. The climb to the Col d'Aspin will be the only theater of battle on the day… in terms of climbing! But the descent, as splendid as it is technical, heading to the Lac de Payolle will also be a decisive exercise.

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L'Isle-Jourdain

A land of rugby with a club having seen the debuts of future internationals Jean-Claude Skrela and Patrick Tabacco, L'Isle-Jourdain will enter the circle of Tour stage cities. At the heart of the seventies, neighboring town Auch welcomed the pack on three occasions. In 1975, Eddy Merckx, wearing the Yellow Jersey, had claimed a time-trial taking off from Fleurance. One didn't yet know that it would be the 34th and last stage success of the Cannibal on the Tour.

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Collégiale Saint-Martin, L’Isle-Jourdain (© Jean-Pascal Costes)
First time stage city
Chef-lieu de canton of Gers (32)
8,600 inhabitants

Lac de Payolle

While a finish line was never set on its shores, the riders of the Tour were often able to see and admire the Lac de Payolle. When the pack takes on the climb to the Col d'Aspin from the village of Sainte-Marie-de-Campan, the passage through the nordic skiing resort announces far steeper climbing gradients. In 2015, it was on a downhill that the riders went through Payolle before going up the Tourmalet and eventually reaching Cauterets.

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Lac de Payolle (© JN Herranz)
First time stage site
Lake of Hautes-Pyrénées (65)
Situated at the bottom of the Col d'Aspin in the common of Campan
1,400 inhabitants

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