The structure built during the first century was once the highest aqueduct bridge of the Roman world and its vocation was to supply water to the city of Nîmes, one of the major hubs of the empire. The Pont du Gard had that essential function during five centuries and was then rediscovered at the Renaissance. Since then it has become one of the most visited touristic sites in France and welcomed, in 2004 the start of a stage of the unique edition of the Tour du Languedoc-Roussillon, a short-lived successor to the Grand Prix du Midi Libre.
Long distance attackers often met success in Gap like Jean-François Bernard for his first victory in 1986 or Pierrick Fédrigo twenty years later. After that, finishes in the city crowned a World Champion in 2011, Norway’s Thor Hushovd and two years later, a man who would go on to carry the rainbow jersey, Portuguese rider Rui Costa. For the last visit of the Tour in 2015, the tradition of successful breakaway heroes was respected thanks to Ruben Plaza.
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