The title of the stage would tend to invite followers to discover the works of painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, but it’s on the territory of Lilian Calmejane, also a native of Albi that the day’s decision will be made. In 1985, it was in the prefecture of Tarn that a stage of the Tour de l’Avenir took off heading to Revel where a young and promising Spanish rider by the name of Miguel Indurain attracted the attention of many. That good impression would be confirmed five days later on a time-trial held between Lourdes and Tarbes.
The pink city was on the program of the first edition of the Tour in 1903. Several years later, in 1908, Lucien Petit-Breton won a stage there before conquering his second Grande Boucle. Exactly like Gino Bartali in 1948, in the middle of his victorious battle with young Louison Bobet. In The 21st century, the two finishes in Toulouse ended up with the victory of a breakaway rider, Juan-Antonio Flecha (2003) and of the sprinter with the most stage wins on the Tour, Mark Cavendish (2008).
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