58-time stage city
Chef-lieu de canton of Haute-Garonne (31)
2 800 inhabitant
Among the most faithful stage cities, Bagnères-de-Luchon, also known as Luchon, appeared on the map of the Tour de France on 58 occasions as a starter or an exit of the Pyrenees program. The last time the common welcomed the start of a mountain stage was back in 2012 for a long ride towards the resort of Peyragudes that entered the Tour club that year, and where Alejandro Valverde conquered the win.
10-time stage city (finishes at Pla d’Adet)
Common of Hautes-Pyrénées (65)
970 inhabitants, 229 000 inhabitants in Hautes-Pyrénées
During the winter, the Pyrenees resort is under the spotlights thanks to its two prestigious children, Xavier and Paul-Henri de Le Rue, World and Olympic medal hunters on their snowboards. In the summer, on frequent occasions, the climbers of the Tour take on the show. A winner there, Lucien Van Impe both built his final victory in 1976 but also consolidated his polka-dot jersey in 1981. It was also the case of Mariano Martinez (1978) and more recently Rafal Majka (2014), on the heights of the village at Pla d’Adet.
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