Stage city for the 14th time
Prefecture of Hautes-Pyrenees (65)
42 600 inhabitants (Tarbais)
229 000 inhabitants in Hautes-Pyrenees
Tarbes has mainly hosted the peloton of the Tour for stage starts. The last finish here saw the victory of Pierrick Fédrigo in 2009. On the previous occasion, in 1951, the day had been marked by a spectacular crash: Wim van Est, the first Dutch rider to wear the yellow jersey, had fallen down a ravine just after crowning the Aubisque. Although the crash obviously cost him the overall lead, he survived. “What god was watching over Wim van Est?”, wondered L’Équipe the following day.