UNVEILING OF THE ROUTES FOR 2023

The unveiling of the routes for the 2023 Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift will take place on Thursday 27th October from 11.30 (UTC+2) at the Palais des Congrès convention centre in Paris.

Stage site for the 3rd time
Tourist resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées (65) attached to the communes of Germ and Loudervielle
Population:
40 (Germois and Germoises), 50 (Louderviellois and Loudervielloises), 229,000 in the Hautes-Pyrénées.
Personalities:
Pierce Brosnan (James Bond), Antoine Mégret d'Étigny.
Specialities: frênette (drink made from ash), cheese, honey. In the department: garbure, black pig of Bigorre (AOC), Barèges-Gavarnie sheep, Tarbais beans, Trébons onions, spit cake, wine (Madiran, Pacherenc).
Sport:
Balneaman Triathlon, Grand 8 de Pyrénées cycling challenge, Trail du Louron.
Festivals: Pyrenean traditions fair in Génos-Loudenvielle, 25e anniversary of the filming of the prelude to Demain ne meurt jamais (Tomorrow Never Dies) at the altiport.
Economy:
tourism (3e ski resort in the Pyrenees), Balnéa spa centre in the Louron valley.
Labels:
Family Plus label, Louron Valley Land of Cycling Excellence
Websites / FB / Twitter / Insta:
 www.peyragudes.com / www.pyrenees-trip.com / www.vallee-du-louron.com / www.pyrenees2vallees.com / http://www.tourisme-occitanie.com/ / https://fr-fr.facebook.com/stationdepeyragudes / www.facebook.com/hautespyrenees / twitter.com/Hautacam65 www.instagram.com/parcdeloisirsduhautacam/ / www.instagram.com/valleesdegavarnie / www.instagram.com/hautespyrenees / https://fr-fr.facebook.com/TourismeOccitanie/ / https://twitter.com/Occitanie / https://www.instagram.com/tourisme_en_occitanie/?hl=fr

© Altiport Peyragudes
© Maison de Peyragudes
Freeride Peyragudes © Maison de Peyragudes
© Richard Bord

PEYRAGUDES TODAY

Altiport 007

In the heart of the Pyrenees, on the border of the Haute-Garonne and the Hautes-Pyrénées, lies a magnificently well-preserved setting: the Louron valley and its 15 typical villages, each with its own specificity, part of the Pyrenean culture. And it was here, in Peyragudes, that in 1997 several scenes from the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies were shot. As the resort has one of the only mountain airports in the Pyrenees, the film crews chose to shoot several scenes in this setting. For the 20th anniversary of the film, the runway was completely rebuilt, enlarged and renamed Altiport 007. This work made it possible to host the finish of a 2017 Tour de France stage for the first time. Another tribute to James Bond in the valley was the opening in 2019 of Skyvall, a cable car linking Loudenvielle to Peyragudes, which made access to the resort easier and quicker, while also reducing car traffic. The name is an invitation to a panoramic journey over the Louron valley and also refers to the film Skyfall. And for all those who are in the mood for adventure, Peyragudes offers a lands'game In the footsteps of James Bond to discover, through a treasure hunt, the heritage and breathtaking landscapes right up to the top of the slopes.

© Maison de Peyragudes

PEYRAGUDES AND CYCLING

In 2017, for the second and last finish in the Pyrenean resort, it was Romain Bardet who emerged on the final ramp leading to the line to take one of his two stage victories in the Grande Boucle, ahead of all the other specialists of short steep finishes, including Chris Froome, who stalled on the last climb. The Frenchman won ahead of Rigoberto Uran and Italian Fabio Aru, who took a short-lived Yellow Jersey. The Tour passed through Peyragudes again the following year on its way to Saint-Lary-Soulan, where Tanel Kangert was up front.
For the first visit of the Tour in 2012, Alejandro Valverde triumphed with a solo attack with 35 kilometres to go. His win was helped by the wait-and-see attitude of Chris Froome, who was still devoted to his leader Bradley Wiggins at the time and did not budge when the Spaniard went. The following year, Alexandre, Geniez won a stage of the Vueltain Peyragudes. In 2010, the organisers of the Route du Sud staged an uphill time trial here, in which David Moncoutié set the best time. A hotspot for snowboarding in the winter and longboarding, a variety of skateboarding, in the summer, Peyragudes is located in the immediate vicinity of the Peyresourde pass, which the Tour de France peloton has climbed 69 times since 1910.

Romain Bardet vainqueur d'étape à Peyragudes du Tour de France 2017 © Pressesports/Bernard Papon
Alejandro Valverde vainqueur d'étape à Peyragudes du Tour de France 2012 © Pressesports/Bernard Papon

SIGHTS

Loudenvielle
Loudenvielle, a village of charm and character made of old stones and lively streets, offers a deep and soothing atmosphere. Adjacent to the Lake of Génos-Loudenvielle, it is a favourite place to share special moments with family and friends. Its exceptional and preserved nature, its land with its generous flavours and perfumes, and its multitude of activities form the framework of convivial mountain experiences.
www.loudenvielle.fr

Balnea`
On the shores of Lake Génos-Loudenvielle, the Balnéa centre is a reference in thermoludism. It is the largest thermal water relaxation complex in the French Pyrenees. With its five relaxation areas totalling 4,000m², Balnéa invites you to get away from it all. The centre is aimed at a wide audience who like to combine lifestyle with well-being, healthy eating with fitness.
www.balnea.fr

The James Bond trail
Twenty-five years ago, Peyragudes was chosen by the producers of James Bond to be the setting for the opening scene of the 18th film in the series, Tomorrow Never Dies, with Pierce Brosnan in the role of Agent 007. The Pyrenean resort was transformed into an Afghan camp. To mark the anniversary, Peyragudes decided to create a new panoramic ski run of 2,760 m named after 007.

Romanesque church of Saint-Aventin
Foundation: 11th and 12th centuries
Style: Romanesque.
Features: the church, with two steeples, has a porch decorated with sculptures, historiated capitals with scenes from the life and martyrdom of St. Adventine. Inside, there are monumental paintings, a baptismal font and a wrought iron altar rail. The church is one of the many remarkable Romanesque churches in the Larboust and Louron valleys.
Particular features: the outer walls bear numerous stelae and pagan altars dedicated to Pyrenean gods, including Abellio and Aherbelst.
Listing: Historical monument since 1840.

Saint Anne's Church
Foundation: 12th century
Style: Romanesque.
Characteristics: Sainte-Anne's church is a small building built around a 12th century chapel consisting of a nave and an apse with a semi-circular vault. A side aisle was added later, followed by a bell tower and its spire. The whole is in the Lombard style, a variant of the Romanesque style that is very common in this region of the Pyrenees.
Special features: it is decorated with listed 15th century frescoes by two painters, one local and one Catalan. They were painted over in 1790, then rediscovered in 1893 by a painter and decorator from Bagnères-de-Luchon, Bertrand Bernard. The frescoes in the apse represent the Assumption of the Virgin. The three frescoes on the right wall represent the birth of Eve, the original sin and Adam and Eve being expelled from paradise. The frescoes on the left wall depict the Coronation of the Virgin, St John the Baptist preaching and the Last Judgement.
Listing: Historical monument since 1921.

Passes, lakes and panoramas
The Louron valley is an idyllic setting in the Pyrenees to let your desire for sport and relaxation flow. It reveals its wonders through walks, hikes, mountain bike descents, scooter rides, walks by the lake, plane rides...
www.louronbikeandtrail.com

Beautiful view of a picnic area on the shores of Genos Loudenvielle lake, France, with snow-capped mountains in the background. © Getty/Lara Sanmarti
© Maison de Peyragudes
© Maison de Peyragudes
© Creative Commons 3.0/Père Igor
© Maison de Peyragudes

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