Sunday July 10th, 2016

Stage 9Vielha Val d'Aran / Andorre Arcalis

  • Christian Prudhomme's comment

    The five climbs of the day are scattered between the Spanish and Andorran territories. In the final 50 kilometres, one will have to cope with the explosive climb to the Col de la Comella, then the rather irregular one to Beixalis that left rather bad memories to Christopher Froome on the last Vuelta, and finally the long climb to Arcalis.

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Profile Vielha Val d'Aran / Andorre Arcalis 184KM

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Vielha Val d'Aran

At the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees, Vielha positions itself as both a city that gives access to the skiing resorts of Val d'Aran and as a major road between France and Spain. The peloton of the Vuelta was welcomed here on four occasions. The last one was back in 2008 for the start of a stage won by Greg Van Avermaet who was taking part in his first grand tour.

Web sites

Clocher dans le Val d’Aran (© Francesc Tur)
First time stage site
Capital of the Comarca de Val d'Aran in the Lerida Province
5,500 inhabitants

Andorre Arcalis

In the middle of the Pyrenees, the Principality of Andorra is one of the smallest sovereign nations of Europe. Its territory offers features that have attracted the Tour de France since 1964 when Spanish climber Julio Jiménez had triumphed after a solo effort. The Grande Boucle like the Vuelta then discovered the resort of Arcalis visited on several occasions. Brice Feillu was the last man to win there on the first mountain stage of the 2009 edition.

Web sites

Arcalis 91, œuvre de Mauro Staccioli (© Andorra Turisme) Brice Feillu (© PresseSports)
Two-time stage site
Mountain resort of the Principality of Andorra

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