Tour de France Stage 9 Preview

SUNDAY, JULY 10TH – STAGE 9 – 184.5km

Profile Vielha Val d’Aran / Andorre Arcalis 184.5KM

Mountain passes & hills Vielha Val d’Aran / Andorre Arcalis 184.5KM

  • Km 19.0 – Port de la Bonaigua (2 072 m)13.7 kilometre-long climb at 6.1% – category 1
  • Km 87.5 – Port del Cantò (1 721 m)19 kilometre-long climb at 5.4% – category 1
  • Km 143.0 – Côte de la Comella (1 347 m)4.2 kilometre-long climb at 8.2% – category 2
  • Km 157.0 – Col de Beixalis (1 796 m) (CS210-CS310)6.4 kilometre-long climb at 8.5% – category 1
  • Km 184.5 – ANDORRE ARCALIS (2 240m)10.1 kilometre-long climb at 7.2% – category H

Intermediate sprint Vielha Val d’Aran / Andorre Arcalis 184.5KM


Last km Vielha Val d’Aran / Andorre Arcalis 184.5KM


The Start:

Vielha Val d’Aran

At the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees, Vielha positions itself as both a city that gives access to the skiing resorts of Val d’Aran and as a major road between France and Spain. The peloton of the Vuelta was welcomed here on four occasions. The last one was back in 2008 for the start of a stage won by Greg Van Avermaet who was taking part in his first grand tour.

Stage town for the 1st time
Principal town in the Aran Valley (province of Lérida)
5,500 inhabitants (Aranais), 7,700 inhabitants within the nine communes comprising Val d’Aran

Economy: Tourism (Baqueira-Beret, which has more than 100km of ski runs, is the second largest ski resort in Spain), agricultural activities (livestock, beekeeping, forestry)

Culture: Roman road (15 churches of different styles, Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque), Co de Rodes (16th century house) at Vielha, Co de Brastet at Unha, Casa Paulet Arties (mansions of the 16th and 17th centuries), Ethnological Museum of Val d’Aran, Wool Museum in Vielha, Museum of Snow, and Co de Joanchiquet Ecomuseum (model of a traditional Val d’Aran house) at Unha, Mina Victoria (former zinc ore mine) in Bossost. Events: Bonfires of St John (23 June), Holy Week celebrations in Bossost, pilgrimage to the Montgarri shrine

Sport: Cava (athletics), Ceva (ski club). Events: Pedals de foc (mountain biking), Corsa et caminada des 15 Pobles (running), Marxa Beret (cross-country skiing)

Specialities: Olha aranesa (mountain stew), anditos (sausages), crespets (fritters)

Sustainable development: 450km of waymarked mountain bike trails, bike rental, public transport

Distinctions: Val d’Aran, 2016 gastronomy european region

Slogan: The essence of the Pyrenees


The Finish:

Andorre Arcalis

In the middle of the Pyrenees, the Principality of Andorra is one of the smallest sovereign nations of Europe. Its territory offers features that have attracted the Tour de France since 1964 when Spanish climber Julio Jiménez had triumphed after a solo effort. The Grande Boucle like the Vuelta then discovered the resort of Arcalis visited on several occasions. Brice Feillu was the last man to win there on the first mountain stage of the 2009 edition.

Stage finish for the 3rd time
Ordino-Arcalis, a ski resort in Vallnord Ordino ski domain
Ordino, parish with 4,700 inhabitants, 76,950 inhabitants (Andorrans) in the Principality of Andorra

Economy: Tourism: Arcalis is one of three ski resorts in the Vallnord domain (442 hectares of skiable terrain and 310 hectares of off-piste skiing, 26 ski runs, 80 snow cannons and 13 lifts), walking trails, agriculture

Culture: Sant Cornelli et Sant Cebrià Church (12th century), Sant Roc Church (18th century, example of rural religious building), Sant Martí de La Cortinada Church (12th century, murals, example of Andorran Romanesque art), Cal Pal sawmill and mill, Iron Route, Arcalis 91 (sculpture by Italian artist Mauro Staccioli, a symbol of perfection and eternity), Areny-Plandolit house and museum, Nicolai Siadristy Miniatures Museum, postal museum, nature centre. Festivals: Narciso Yepes Festival (music and dance), mountains and travel film festival, Nits Obertes (music), Mostra Gastronòmica d’Ordino (cuisine)

Sport: Ordino Arcalis Ski School, Futbol Club Ordino, Club de Judo Ordino. Skiing, mountaineering, climbing, mountain biking, hiking, cycle touring, canyoning. Events: World Cup Skiing, Freeride World Tour, Andorra Ultra Trail

Speciality: Brown trout

Sustainable development: 21 cycling trails in Andorra, including 20km at Ordino-Arcalis

Distinction: The Madrin-Perafita-Claror glacial valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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