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 breakaways: Norway’s Kurt Asle Arvesen in 2008 and Luis León Sánchez in 2012. Five years later, the Tour came to Foix on 14 July, the French National Day. Warren Bargui, who by then had already been wearing the polka-dot jersey for several days, claimed his first Tour stage after beating the likes of Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and Mikel Landa in a thrilling sprint.

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