Saturday July 9th, 2016

Stage 8Pau / Bagnères-de-Luchon

Start 12h20 (Local time)
  • Chris Froome's first downhill victory

    Chris Froome won stage 8 at Bagnères-de-Luchon in a surprising way as he soloed to victory in the downhill of col de Peyresourde after cresting in first position of the group comprising the favourites at the exception of Alberto Contador. He took his sixth stage of the Tour de France - since 2012 - in an unexpected manner, at least a very different one from his usual uphill show. He also moved into the overall lead ahead of the queen stage of the Pyrenees to Andorra.

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The stage in videos

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The stage in pictures

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Tour de France 2016 - 09/08/2016 - Etape 08 - Pau/ Bagnères-de-Luchon (184 km) - Traversée de la caravane © ASO/B.Bade

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Tourist attractions

On the road

 Le piment d’Espelette est un incontournable du pays © Harrieta171  Sous-préfecture du département, Bayonne est connue pour sa feria © Daniel Villafruela

Population: 664,057
Prefecture: Pau
Sub-prefectures: Bayonne, Oloron-Sainte-Marie
Surface: 7,645 km2
Specialities: piperade, wines (Madiran, Pacherenc, Jurançon, Irouléguy…), poule au pot (hen in the pot), garbure (soup), axoa (minced veal), piment d'Espelette (pepper), Basquaise chicken, Basque cake, Bayonne ham…
Sport clubs: Elan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (basketball), Section Paloise, Biarritz olympique, Aviron Bayonnais (rugby)
Competitions: Canoeing World Cup in Pau, Grand Prix de Pau, Pau international three-day event.
Festivals: Fêtes de Bayonne, Festival Hestiv'çc
Economy: breeding, hydroelectricity, food industry, aeronautics, thermal baths…
Websites / FB / Twitter : www.le64.fr / www.facebook.com/pages/Departement-des-Pyrenees-Atlantiques/720037604708106 / twitter.com/departement64

Le donjon du château de Coazzaze, vestige du passé © Florent Pécassou

Population: 2,100 inhabitants
From the medieval castle, only a pentagonal keep edified circa 1350 remains. Another part of the castle dates from the 16th century. King Henri IV spent his childhood in the château. The castle was reconstructed in its current condition in 1755.

 Les cascades du Pont d’Espagne à Cauterets © HPTE CRT VIET  Une procession aux flambeaux à Lourdes © OT Lourdes

Population: 233,242
Prefecture: Tarbes
Sub-prefectures: Argeles-Gazost, Bagneres-de-Bigorre
Surface: 4,464 km²
Specialities: Black Pork of Bigorre (AOC), Tarbes beans, Wines (madiran and pacherenc of Vic Bilh AOC), Barèges-Gavarnie mutton, Onion of Trébons, Gascony hen, Garbure (soup), Foie gras, spit cake…
Sport clubs: Tarbes Pyrenees rugby, TGB (basketball)
Competitions: Mountain-bike World Cup (Lourdes), Tourmalet climb (Montée du Géant), Grand Raid of the Pyrenees, Pyr'Epic…
Festivals: Festival of Gavarnie (Theatre), Tarbes in tango, Equestria festival of equestrian creation (Tarbes), Holy Music Festival (Lourdes), Jazz Festival (Luz St Sauveur), Piano Pic in Grand Tourmalet, Festival of small mountain churches (Louron Valley), Fête des Mariolles, Cheese Fair, Fête du vin en Madiran, Pyrenees dogs festival, Chops Festival in Luz St Sauveur, Traditions Fair in Loudenvielle.
Major Tourist sites: Pic du Midi de Bigorre, Cirque de Gavarnie (UNESCO World Heritage), waterfalls in Pont d'Espagne (Cauterets), Pyrenees National Park, Pilgrimage in Lourdes
Economy: food industry, railway industry, aeronautics, hydroelectricity, tourism, thermal baths…
Websites / FB / Twitter : www.tourisme-hautes-pyrenees.com / www.hautespyrenees.fr / twitter.com/hautespyrenees / www.facebook.com/hautespyrenees/ / www.facebook.com/departementHautesPyrenees    

Hautes-Pyrenees is home to sites known the world over and to natural riches unique in Europe. Lourdes, with its millions of visitors, the Tourmalet pass, Cirque de Gavarnie (UNESCO World Heritage), Pic du Midi with the most beautiful panoramic view of the massif and the purest air in Europe, Cauterets Pont d'Espagne with its waterfalls, the National Park of the Pyrenees.
In the winter, the department is ideal for high-tech skiing in a wild environment like the Gavarnie National Park. For adepts of altitude skiing, Hautes-Pyrenees can claim the greatest resorts in the area while Pic du Midi is exclusively dedicated to free-ride. To recover from skiing, eight thermal centres are available in the department.

Le donjon du château de Coazzaze, vestige du passé © Florent Pécassou

Population: 2,100 inhabitants
From the medieval castle, only a pentagonal keep edified circa 1350 remains. Another part of the castle dates from the 16th century. King Henri IV spent his childhood in the château. The castle was reconstructed in its current condition in 1755.

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