The recent starts in Carcassonne have honoured offensive riders ready to battle it out whatever their pedigree. In 2014, it was while heading to Bagnères-de-Luchon that Michael Rogers found a place among a large breakaway group that he eventually dominated in the final part of the stage to go and capture his only victory on the Tour. Two years later, the voyage from Carcassonne to Montpellier ended with an outstanding final in the wind involving Chris Froome and Peter Sagan. The Slovakian had the last word
In 1910, the Queen of the Pyrenees entered history by welcoming a finish and a start of the first two high mountain stages of the Tour de France, both won by Octave Lapize. A hundred years later, Thomas Voeckler triumphed in Bagnères-de-Luchon, exactly like in 2012. And in 2016, Christopher Froome hit hard on the descent towards the city and that would put him on top of the general classification. It was on that day that he entered the technical guide for dowhnillers with his very own innovative position.