Stage site for the 1st time
Roman aqueduct bridge (1st century) over the Gardon river in Gard (30)
Attached to the town of Vers-Pont-du-Gard
1,900 inhabitants (Versois)
735,000 inhabitants (Gard)
This 1st-century structure was once the highest aqueduct bridge of the Roman world. It was built to supply water to Nîmes, one of the major hubs of the empire. The Pont du Gard played this essential role for five centuries and was later rediscovered during the Renaissance. It has since become one of the most visited touristic sites in France and, in 2004, it hosted the start of a stage of the only edition of the Tour du Languedoc-Roussillon, a short-lived successor to the Grand Prix du Midi Libre.