The “flash” stage of 2018 of only 65kms from Luchon including the climbs up Peyresourde, Peyragudes and Val Louron-Azet, won at the Portet by Nairo Quintana, had been the first finish at the summit of the highest pass of the French Pyrenees. But the common of Saint-Lary-Soulan welcomed quite a few others that were systematically finished at the Pla d’Adet. Since the inaugural triumph of Raymond Poulidor in 1974, all the winners there were known climbers: Joop Zoetemelk (1975), Lucien Van Impe (1976 et 1981), Mariano Martinez (1978), Beat Breu (1982), Zenon Jaskula (1993) and Rafal Majka (2014).

Stage city for the 12th time 
Common of Hautes-Pyrénées (65) 
Inhabitants: 880 (Saint-Laryens or Saint-Hilariens), 7,000 in the 46 commons of the Communauté de communes Aure Louron 
Col du Portet 
Stage site for the 2nd time 
Col (2,215 m) of the Massif de l’Arbizon in the Pyrenees

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