Thursday July 13th, 2017

Stage 12Pau / Peyragudes

Start 11h10 (Local time)
  • Christian Prudhomme's comment

    The longest stage of the Pyrenean stay will be made of an extremely difficult sequence of climbs. As kilometres are covered, it'll only get harder with the climb up to the Col de Menté, even more selective with the Port de Balès and will become a real agony for the legs in the new final climb to Peyragudes. In the final kilometre, on the runway of the only airport of the Pyrenees, will be a passage at 16% over a distance of 200 metres.

The stage in videos

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Welcome in Pau

  • Welcome in Pau

Tourist attractions

On the road

Population: 233,242

Prefecture: Tarbes

Sub-prefectures: Argelès-Gazost, Bagnères-de-Bigorre

Surface: 4,464 km²

Specialties: Bigorre black pork (AOC), Tarbes beans, wine (Madiran and Pacherenc du Vic Bilh AOC), Barèges-Gavarnie AOC sheep, Trébons onion, Gascon hen, garbure (soup), foie gras,

Sports Clubs: Tarbes Pyrenees Rugby, TGB (basketball)

Sport: skiing, nordic activities, ski touring, sledding, dog sledding, snowmobiling, biathlon, mountaineering, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, angling, horseback riding, cycling, paragliding, water sports, canyoning, golf. Events: Downhill mountain bike World Cup (Lourdes), Giant Tourmalet, Grand Raid of the Pyrenees, Pyr'Epic

Festivals: Festival of Gavarnie (Theatre), Tarbes in tango, Festival of equestrian creation in Tarbes, Festival of Sacred Music (Lourdes), Festival of Jazz (Luz St Sauveur), Piano Pic in the Grand Tourmalet, Festival of small churches (Louron Valley), Festival of the Mariolles, Fair of cheese, Wine festival in Madiran, Festival of the dogs of the Pyrenees, , Tradeshow in Loudenvielle.

Economy: food industry, railway industry, aeronautics, hydroelectricity, tourism 4 seasons, Pilgrimage to Lourdes, hydrotherapy centres, winter sports, mountain hikes, Pic du Midi de Bigorre, Cirque de Gavarnie, Pont d'Espagne (Cauterets), Pyrenees National Park, more than 300 lakes, 35 peaks over 3,000 m, Tour de France passes (Soulor, Tourmalet, Aspin, Val Louron Azet, Peyresourde, Ancizan)

Websites and social networkswww.tourisme-hautes-pyrenees.comwww.hautespyrenees.frwww.pyrenees-trip.comwww.instagram.com/hautespyrenees /www.facebook.com/hautespyrenees/ / www.facebook.com/departementHautesPyrenees

The Hautes-Pyrénées are home to world famous sites: Lourdes, with its millions of visitors, the Col du Tourmalet, the Cirque de Gavarnie (UNESCO Heritage), the Pic du Midi with the most beautiful panorama of the chain and the purest skies in Europe, Cauterets and the Bridge of Spain with its waterfalls, the National Park of the Pyrenees.
From the mountain springs naturally warm waters used for the health and comfort of visitors in 8 spa centres. A tunnel of 3 km dug in the mountains makes a detour in neighbouring Aragon in Spain, with its ochre reflections and turquoise waters, extremely simple.
In the winter, the Hautes-Pyrénées offer high-tech skiing in a wild environment such as the National Park, Gavarnie. For lovers of great skiing, the Hautes-Pyrénées have the largest ski resorts while Pic du Midi is exclusively dedicated to free-ride.

Place de Verdun, Tarbes, Hautes-Pyrénées, France © Florent PécassouLe jardin Massey © Jean-Noël LafargueMaison natale du maréchal Foch à Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénes) © Olivier2000

Pop: 51,000
At the foot of some of the most famous summits in the Tour, the prefecture of Hautes-Pyrenees hosted the Tour caravan 13 times officially but far more frequently to accommodate the riders and staff. The last visit of the Tour dates from 2015 for a start towards La Pierre-St Martin and a spectacular victory by Chris Froome. The town of Marshal Foch, poet Lautreamont, accordion star Yvette Horner, famous for its beans, only hosted two stage finishes, the last in 2009 for a victory by the recently retired Pierrick Fedrigo.

National stud farm
It constitutes a remarkable compound in Empire style with local touches like the wooden roof structures, the oak boxes and the floors paved with Adour pebbles.  Since the restoration completed in 1995, the House of the horse is home to a museum dedicated to the life and image of the horse in the region. The stud farm also hosts every year the popular Equestria festival.

The Massey Garden and its museum
This 11-hectare park, which is officially classified as a remarkable garden, is an oasis of green in the heart of the city. Placide Massey, former director of parks at Versailles, Trianon, Sèvres and Saint-Cloud, gifted it to the city in 1853. There is a 14th century cloister from Saint-Sever-de-Rustan Abbey, a greenhouse and the Massey Museum, which is dedicated to the fine arts and the Hussars.

Le Carmel
The chapel has become an exhibition space. The works of great artists (Miró, Soulages, Bacon, Giacometti) and great photographers (Sarah Moon, Marc Riboud) have been shown here.

Birthplace of Marshal Foch
Near the Cathedral de la Sède, the 18th century Bigourdane house where Tarbes' most famous son was born in 1851 is of interest both for its architectural style as well as his historical status and importance.

Population: 1,306,125

Prefecture: Toulouse

Sub-prefectures: Muret ,Saint Gaudens

Surface: 6,309 km²

Specialties: Aeronautics (Airbus, ATR, EADS, Thales, Aeroscopia), Space (CNES, City of Space). Cassoulet, Toulouse sausage, foie gras, duck breast, Toulouse violet, AOP Fronton wine, AOC Cadours garlic, Pyrenean IGP lamb, Bigorre black pig (AOC), Lauragais red calf (Label Rouge).

Sport Clubs: Stade Toulousain, Toulouse Football Club, Fénix Toulouse Handball, Toulouse Métropole Basket, Spacers Volley, TOXIII, Union Sportive Colomiers Rugby

Festivals: 31 Summer Notes, Jazz sur son 31, Festival of television creations of Luchon, Printemps du rire (Spring of laughter), Rio Loco, Comminges Festival in Saint Bertrand de Comminges, Toulouse Organs

Economy: Aeronautics and space, Tourism, 4 ski resorts, viticulture (Fronton)

Remarkable sites: The vaporarium of the thermal baths of Luchon, Saint Bertrand de Comminges listed as "Most beautiful villages of France", Martres-Tolosane and Revel labeled "Cities and Crafts of Art", Lake of Saint Ferréol, Canal du Midi listed by UNESCO with its green way, Lake of Oô in the Central Pyrenees, Museum Forum of the Aurignacian

Rugby, caving, water sports on the Garonne (canoeing, hydrospeed, rafting), sports (mountaineering, horse riding, climbing, hiking) Winter sports (skiing, snowshoeing, sled dogs), mountain biking (Espace FFC Pyrénées Comminges), Sailing (paragliding, glider, ULM)

Websites / FB: www.haute-garonne.fr / hautegaronnetourisme.comwww.facebook.com/tourisme31.fr

Haute-Garonne, a bicycle destination
• 35 sites labelled Home Vélo www.hautegaronnetourisme.com/sites/tourisme-haute-garonne/files/brochures/files/accueil_velo_canal_des_2_mersweb.pdf

• Route of the Pyrenees passes with specific signs (altitude difference, altitude ...)

• A green lane on the Canal du Midi

• Three cycle paths, one of which runs along the Garonne from Carbonne to the Pyrenees, which will soon link Spain (Trans Garona)

Place de Verdun, Tarbes, Hautes-Pyrénées, France © Florent PécassouLe jardin Massey © Jean-Noël LafargueMaison natale du maréchal Foch à Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénes) © Olivier2000

Pop: 51,000
At the foot of some of the most famous summits in the Tour, the prefecture of Hautes-Pyrenees hosted the Tour caravan 13 times officially but far more frequently to accommodate the riders and staff. The last visit of the Tour dates from 2015 for a start towards La Pierre-St Martin and a spectacular victory by Chris Froome. The town of Marshal Foch, poet Lautreamont, accordion star Yvette Horner, famous for its beans, only hosted two stage finishes, the last in 2009 for a victory by the recently retired Pierrick Fedrigo.

National stud farm
It constitutes a remarkable compound in Empire style with local touches like the wooden roof structures, the oak boxes and the floors paved with Adour pebbles.  Since the restoration completed in 1995, the House of the horse is home to a museum dedicated to the life and image of the horse in the region. The stud farm also hosts every year the popular Equestria festival.

The Massey Garden and its museum
This 11-hectare park, which is officially classified as a remarkable garden, is an oasis of green in the heart of the city. Placide Massey, former director of parks at Versailles, Trianon, Sèvres and Saint-Cloud, gifted it to the city in 1853. There is a 14th century cloister from Saint-Sever-de-Rustan Abbey, a greenhouse and the Massey Museum, which is dedicated to the fine arts and the Hussars.

Le Carmel
The chapel has become an exhibition space. The works of great artists (Miró, Soulages, Bacon, Giacometti) and great photographers (Sarah Moon, Marc Riboud) have been shown here.

Birthplace of Marshal Foch
Near the Cathedral de la Sède, the 18th century Bigourdane house where Tarbes' most famous son was born in 1851 is of interest both for its architectural style as well as his historical status and importance.

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