The title of the stage may seem an invitation to discover the works of painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, but the stage will be decided in the on the stomping grounds of Lilian Calmejane, also a native of Albi. In 1985, a young and promising Spanish rider by the name of Miguel Induráin turned heads in a stage of the Tour de l’Avenir through the Tarn prefecture to Revel. He went on to confirm those good impressions five days later in a time trial held between Lourdes and Tarbes.
The Pink City featured in the inaugural 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 a young Louison Bobet. In the 21st century, the two finishes in Toulouse ended went to breakaway Juan Antonio Flecha in 2003 and Mark Cavendish, the sprinter with the most Tour stage wins, in 2008.