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Tour de France Stage 5 Preview

June 27, 2016
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Profile Limoges / Le Lioran 216KM


Mountain passes & hills Limoges / Le Lioran 216KM

  • Km 16.5 – Côte de Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat1.7 kilometre-long climb at 5.2% – category 4
  • Km 142.5 – Côte du Puy Saint-Mary6.8 kilometre-long climb at 3.9% – category 3
  • Km 173.5 – Col de Neronne7.1 kilometre-long climb at 3% – category 3
  • Km 185.0 – Pas de Peyrol (Puy Mary) (1 589 m) (D680-D17)5.4 kilometre-long climb at 8.1% – category 2
  • Km 201.5 – Col du Perthus (1 309 m)4.4 kilometre-long climb at 7.9% – category 2
  • Km 213.5 – Col de Font de Cère3.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.8% – category 3
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Intermediate sprint Limoges / Le Lioran 216KM

  • Km 144.5 – MAURIAC
Intermediate sprint

Last km Limoges / Le Lioran 216KM

Last km
The Start:


Starts here often made way to memorable stages. In 1952, Fausto Coppi completed at the Puy de Dôme a grand slam on first altitude finishes on the Tour after his victories at l’Alpe-d’Huez and Sestrières. In 1970, it was on a prologue in Limoges that Eddy Merckx started an impressive series: 8 stage wins, 18 days in yellow! In 2004, the solo effort of Richard Virenque all the way to Saint-Flour allowed him to capture the polka-dot jersey that he would eventually conquer for the seventh time.

Stage town for the 15th time
Prefecture of Haute-Vienne (87)
140,000 inhabitants (Limougeauds)

Economy: Leading economic centre of west-central France, Ester Technopole, a centre for resources and cooperation bringing together industry, research and training organisations on the same site. The Technopole currently has 184 social enterprises providing more than 2,000 jobs

Culture: Saint-Martial Abbey and crypt (fifth century), Museum of Fine Arts, Bishop’s Palace, opera. Festivals: Les Francophonies en Limousin (theatre and music), Urbaka (street art), Éclats d’émail (jazz), Danse Émoi (contemporary dance), Lire à Limoges (books), Kaolin et Barbotine (entertainment festival for children from six months old to six years old), Toques et Porcelaine (culinary and kitchenware festival), Music at the Museum, Dimanche au Jardin (street theatre, circus acts and acrobats)

Sport: Events: Engie Open, the third-biggest women’s tennis tournament in France after Roland Garros and Strasbourg, boucles de la porcelaine (running)

Specialities: Limousin beef, cul noir limousin pork. Production of some of the world’s finest porcelain – enamels (capital of the fired oven arts for 1,000 years, an enamel collection amounting to more than 660 pieces in the Museum of Fine Arts)

Sustainable development: 105km of cycle paths, bike hire (400)

Distinctions: City of art and history, placed 3rd in 2014 among the greenest cities in France

Slogan: Limoges looks ahead


The Finish:

Le Lioran

The ski resort built at the foot of the Plomb du Cantal mountain welcomed the pack of the Tour de France for the finish of the longest stage of the 1975 Tour. With a total distance of 260 kilometres, the stage coming from Albi and won by Michel Pollentier was mainly marked by the general state of fatigue, especially after 9 hours of racing. It was a lot calmer in 2011: it was indeed a rest day…

Stage town for the 2nd time
Mountain resort in the Cantal (15)
Part of the commune of Laveissière, 600 inhabitants (Valagnons)
152,800 inhabitants in the Cantal

Economy: Premier ski resort in the Massif Central with 60km of runs and 18 lifts, 300km of waymarked trails and two areas dedicated to mountain biking in the summer, tourism (55,000 visitor beds), agriculture, forestry

Culture: The Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Park, Saint-Pierre de Bredons Church (11th century), Maison du Buronnier (pastoralism museum, Cantal cheese-tasting and regional products), the first Lioran tunnel (19th century, the first tunnel built in France, it was also the longest and the highest in the world at the time), water tower (19th century). Events: Transhumance festival, mountain festival, Hibernarock (music)

Sport: Lioran Ski Club (100 licensees, the biggest in the Massif Central), Les Mouflons du Lioran (ice hockey), Vélo-Club du Pays de Saint-Flour, Lioran Free Bike Park (mountain bike routes), skating rink. Events: Auvergne Mountain Bike Championship, Ultra Trail du Puy Mary, Cantal Y Cimes (climbing)

Specialities: truffade (potato pancake with cheese), Cantal cheeses

Sustainable development: Railway station located at the foot of the ski runs allowing easy access from the valleys

Distinctions: Registered tourist resort, member of France Montagnes organisation for ski resorts


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