Tour de France Stage 6 Preview

THURSDAY, JULY 7TH – STAGE 6 – 190.5km

Profile Arpajon-sur-Cère / Montauban 190.5KM


Mountain passes & hills Arpajon-sur-Cère / Montauban 190.5KM

  • Km 62.0 – Col des Estaques2 kilometre-long climb at 6% – category 3
  • Km 71.5 – Côte d’Aubin1.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.4% – category 4
  • Km 149.0 – Côte de Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val3.2 kilometre-long climb at 5.1% – category 3

Intermediate sprint Arpajon-sur-Cère / Montauban 190.5KM

  • Km 77.5 – MONTBAZENS
Intermediate sprint

Last km Arpajon-sur-Cère / Montauban 190.5KM

Last km
The Start:


Last summer, the town welcomed a stage of the 21st women’s Semaine Cantalienne race and some might remember a criterium taking place there back in the nineties. But to enjoy the Tour de France, the inhabitants of Arpajon had to travel to the neighboring city of Aurillac. The first time was in 1959 to witness the victory of Henry Anglade, future runner-up to Bahamontes on the podium in Paris. In 2008, Spaniard Luis León Sánchez had triumphed there.

Stage town for the 1st time
County town in a canton of the Cantal (15)
6,500 inhabitants (Arpajonnais), 56,400 inhabitants within the 25 communes comprising the greater Aurillac municipality
152,800 inhabitants in the CantalEconomy: Several companies operating within the municipality: Matière (public works projects), Ôhlins (accessories for cars and motorbikes), Teil (logistics), Bonhomme (sawmill). Agriculture (rearing of livestock and dairy production), tourism (Vieillevie canoe centre)Culture: Château de Conros (13th century), Château de Carbonat (14th century, rebuilt in the 20th century), mill on the Cère (18th century, thanks to the energy generated by the water, it allowed many tasks to be undertaken: carding, dyeing and milling), Church of Notre-Dame-de- Grâces (19th century, replacing a former Romanesque building). Events: carnival, truffade festivalSport: Cercle Sportif Arpajonnais (football), Rugby Club Arpajon Veinazès, Basket Club Arpajon Aurillac Géraldienne (basketball), Running Club Arpajon, Badminton Arpajon Club. Events: Cantal Sports Stars in 2016, Foulées Arpajonnaises (running), Cantal Cup Final (football)

Specialities: Truffade (potato pancake with cheese), pounti (pâté), stuffed cabbage, tripe, cheese (Cantal, Salers)

Sustainable development: Walking and mountain bike trails, reducing the use of pesticides in public areas of the town

Slogan: Arpajon, a town in the country

The Finish:


“One should never leave Montauban”. The sentence of actor Lino Ventura in Les Tontons Flingueurs is certainly shared by Jacky Durand who keeps a fond memory of the Tarn-et-Garonne prefecture. In 1998, the Frenchman had won his third and last stage on the Tour. Four other stage winners also lifted their arms in Montauban during the Route du Sud race: Leo Van Vliet (1984), Marcel Wust (1997), Jaan Kirsipuu (1998) and Robbie McEwen (1999).

Stage town for the 2nd time
Prefecture of Tarn-et-Garonne (82)
59,630 inhabitants (Montalbanais)

Economy: Food processing, electronics, aeronautics, logistics and industrial mechanics, leading French producer of apples and plums, second biggest market in the Grand Sud region, tourism (pleasure boat marina, 55km of walks), university centre

Culture: Place Nationale (12th century), Church of St-Jacques (13th century), Pont Vieux (14th century), Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Cathedral (17th century), Carmelite Temple (17th century), former Jesuit college (17th century), Ingres Museum, Museum of the Resistance and Conflict, Victor Brun Museum. Events: Montauban en Scènes (music and theatre), Lettres d’automne (literature festival), Fête des 400 coups (culture and history)

Sport: 170 associations, 15,000 licensees. USM (rugby, Pro D2) Racing Club Montalbanais (rugby, Fédérale 2), USM cyclisme (National Division 2), Montauban Natation 82 (swimming, National Division). Events: marathon, triathlon, French schools’ handball championship (junior category), French pétanque championship (senior threesomes)

Specialities: boulets, bonbons flingueurs (chocolate-based sweets)

Sustainable development: 34km of cycle paths, bike hire, charging stations for electric vehicles, seven bus routes (a hybrid bus)

Distinctions: City of art and history, one of 25 tourist attractions classified as Grands Sites Midi-Pyrenees, child-friendly city, floral city

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