Tour de France Stage 11 Preview

Wednesday, July 12th – Stage 11 203.5KM

Eymet / Pau

Stage Profile:


Mountain Passes and Hills:

Km 145.5 – Côte d’Aire-sur-l’Adour 1.2 kilometre-long climb at 4.2% – category 4

Intermediate Sprint:

Intermediate sprint

Last Km:

Last km

Eymet / Pau

The Tour gets closer to its Pyrenean base but mountain specialists will still be preserving their energy. Going through the areas of Les Landes and Gers, the command of the pack will probably be left to the teams of sprinters. The escapees having made the effort to take off will, why not, have the opportunity to make a prayer at the Notre-Dame-des-Cyclistes Chapel, situated in Labastide-d’Armagnac.

Lot-et-Garonne (47)

Population: 333,180

Prefecture: Agen

Sub-prefectures: Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Marmande, Nérac

Surface 5,360.9 Km2

Specialties: Agen prunes, Marmande tomatoes, strawberries, hazelnuts of Cancon, kiwifruit, 1st French department for the diversity of crops, duck …

Sport clubs: SUA-Sporting Union Agenais Rugby Lot-et-Garonne (PRO D2), Ping Pong Club Villeneuve, Villeneuve XIII Rugby League, Passagespoirs: under-12 international tennis tournament at Passage d’Agen (annual, May); Agen Supercross, SX Tour French championship, (June 2017); French Chess Championship in Agen (August 2017)

Main tourist sites: castle of Bpnaguil, castle of Duras, Parc Walibi, numerous bastide towns (Monflanquin, Villereal, Tournon d’Agenais, Vianne, Villeneuve-sur- Penne d’Agenais and Nérac), Canal des 2 Mers by bike, river tourism on the Baïse, Canal de Garonne and the Lot, Casteljaloux thermal resort, network of hiking trails and bike trail in the Lot valley …

Cultural events: Garorock Festival in Marmande, Garonna Show in Port-Sainte-Marie, international festival of journalism in Couthures-sur-Garonne, Bonaguil theatre festival, You are here in Villeréal (theatre) Departmental Summer Nights, Medieval festivl in Monflanquin, Pruneau Show in Agen …

Economy: Food industry (including fruit and vegetable processing), wood, eco-materials and eco-construction sectors, metallurgy and mechanics, aeronautics, health-pharmacy, tourism …

Landes (40)

Population: 400,477

Prefecture: Mont-de-Marsan

Sub-prefecture: Dax

Surface: 9,243 m²

Specialties: foie gras, duck breast, duck confit, farm chicken and Chalosse beef, Adour salmon, asparagus and Adour kiwi, tourtière, pastis landais, Armagnac, Floc de Gascogne, Wines (Tursan, wine of the sands, Coteaux de Chalosse)

Sport clubs: Basket Landes (women’s league); US Dax Rugby (Pro D2); Stade Montois Rugby (Pro D2)

Sport events: Quiksilver Pro Surf, International Competition of Riding Ous Pins in Tartas, Course landaise French Championship (bulls), Cycling race “La Luis Ocaña”, Eurocup Basket Landes, French Table Tennis handisport championship, Crossing of the Landes In roller skates, World Cup Surf tandem Biscarrosse, Trophy Golf XLandes, Handilandes, Raid XL

Main tourist sites: Huchet stream nature reserve, Hossegor marine lake, Cap de l’Homy beach and Contis lighthouse, Arjuzanx nature reserve, Orx marshes, Capbreton, Marquèze eco-museum in Sabres, Abbey of Arthous in Hastingues, museum of the hydroplanes in Biscarrosse, basilica of Buglose in Saint Vincent de Paul, house of the Lady of Brassempouy, museum of earthenware and tableware in Samadet, Castle and Planetarium of Gaujacq , Chalosse Museum in Montfort en Chalosse, spa town of Dax, Despiau-Wlérick Museum in Mont de Marsan, Notre Dame des Cyclistes in Labastide d’Armagnac.

Cultural events: Arte Flamenco in Mont-de-Marsan, Musicalarue in Luxey, Toros y Salsa in Dax, Festival of Abbeys, Jazz in Sanguinet, Latinosegorp, the Conte Festival in Capbreton, Dax and Mont-de-Marsan festivals and local festivals in each village of the Landes (Landes race, bullfighting, bandas).

Economy: Tourism, hydrotherapy, agriculture, forestry, cattle and poultry farming, agro-food industry, wood and derived products industries

Pyrénées-Atlantique (64)

Population: 667,249

Prefecture: Pau

Sub-prefectures: Bayonne, Oloron Sainte-Marie

Surface: 7,645 km²

Specialties: foie gras, confit, duck breast and other dishes derived from duck, piperade, Espelette pepper, Basque cake, Irouléguy, Itxassou black cherry, Bayonne ham, hen, Jurançon, AOC Mellow, Madiran, farm sheep cheese, salt of Salies-de-Bearn, lamb of the Pyrenees, Blonde of Aquitaine

Sports Clubs: Section Paloise Béarn Pyrenees, Rowing Bayonnais, Biarritz Olympique Basque Country, Billere handball, Elan Bearnais Pau Lacq Orthez, Anglet Hormadi Elite, Pau Football Club. Events: Surfing World Championships, Biarritz Quiksilver Maïder Arosteguy Surfing, Equestrian Three Day Event “les Etoiles de Pau”, Tour de France, World Slalom and Descent Canoeing Championships, Pau Grand Prix

Festivals: International Surf Festival, Festival Emmaus Lescar-Pau, Festival A Tant Rêver Du Roi, Music Festival in the Basque Coast 2017, Festival Des Rives & Notes in Oloron, Occitan Festival Hestiv’Oc, Biarritz Dance Festival ”Le Temps d’aimer “ (Time for loving), Transhumances musicales in Laàs, Biarritz Latin America Festival, International Film Festival of Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Economy: third economic and demographic area of the greater South-West. First national producer of sheep cheese, second for corn grain. It is the first department of Aquitaine for the number of farms. In the industrial sector, the Total group and its network through the Lacq basin, as well as Safran (Turbomeca, Dassault or Messier-Dowty) in aeronautics. Several companies specialised in precision mechanics, metallurgy or electronics like Exameca, MAP, PCC France, Rexam and others …

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