The reputation of the town was mostly made thanks to its blanquette (dish) and the longest carnaval in the world organised each winter. In terms of cycling, the city will welcome a stage of the Tour for the third time. In 2012, on the occasion of the last start in Limoux it was already towards Foix that the riders were heading. On that day, Luis León Sánchez made the best of one of his greatest qualities, enjoying the descent on his way to victory.

The first two stage finishes of the Tour decided in Foix rewarded audacious men who were part of a breakaway: Norway’s Kurt Asle Arvesen in 2008 and Luis León Sánchez in 2012. Five years later, the Tour went to Foix on the 14th of July, French National day. Warren Barguil who had already been wearing the polka-dot jersey for several days claimed his first Tour victory after beating the likes Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and Mikel Landa in a final royal sprint.

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