Tour de France Stage 14 Preview

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Saturday, July 15th – Stage 14 181.5KM

Blagnac / Rodez

Stage Profile:

Profile

Mountain Passes and Hills:

Km 131.0 – Côte du viaduc du Viaur 2.3 kilometre-long climb at 7% – category 3
Km 145.0 – Côte de Centrès 2.3 kilometre-long climb at 7.7% – category 3

Intermediate Sprint:

Intermediate sprint

Last Km:

Last km

Blagnac / Rodez

The countryside of the south-west, whether it’s in Tarn or Aveyron offers outstanding viewpoints. Sweet to the eyes are the aerial shots of the countless little valleys that are however tough on the legs of the riders on solid ground. The stage will be demanding. In these conditions, the Côte Saint-Pierre will offer a splendid launch pad to a puncher.

Haute-Garonne (31)

Population: 1,306,125

Prefecture: Toulouse

Sub-prefectures: Muret ,Saint Gaudens

Surface: 6,309 km²

Specialties: Aeronautics (Airbus, ATR, EADS, Thales, Aeroscopia), Space (CNES, City of Space). Cassoulet, Toulouse sausage, foie gras, duck breast, Toulouse violet, AOP Fronton wine, AOC Cadours garlic, Pyrenean IGP lamb, Bigorre black pig (AOC), Lauragais red calf (Label Rouge).

Sport Clubs: Stade Toulousain, Toulouse Football Club, Fénix Toulouse Handball, Toulouse Métropole Basket, Spacers Volley, TOXIII, Union Sportive Colomiers Rugby

Festivals: 31 Summer Notes, Jazz sur son 31, Festival of television creations of Luchon, Printemps du rire (Spring of laughter), Rio Loco, Comminges Festival in Saint Bertrand de Comminges, Toulouse Organs

Economy: Aeronautics and space, Tourism, 4 ski resorts, viticulture (Fronton)

Remarkable sites: The vaporarium of the thermal baths of Luchon, Saint Bertrand de Comminges listed as “Most beautiful villages of France”, Martres-Tolosane and Revel labeled “Cities and Crafts of Art”, Lake of Saint Ferréol, Canal du Midi listed by UNESCO with its green way, Lake of Oô in the Central Pyrenees, Museum Forum of the Aurignacian

Rugby, caving, water sports on the Garonne (canoeing, hydrospeed, rafting), sports (mountaineering, horse riding, climbing, hiking) Winter sports (skiing, snowshoeing, sled dogs), mountain biking (Espace FFC Pyrénées Comminges), Sailing (paragliding, glider, ULM)

Tarn (81)

Population: 384,474

Prefecture: Albi

Sub-prefecture: Castres

Surface: 5,758 km2

Specialties: Lacaune salting (PGI), Lautrec red garlic (Red Label), Gaillac wines (AOC), Ségala veal, croquants of Cordes (biscuits), Pumpet of Sémalens

Sport Clubs: Castres Olympique (rugby union, Top 14), Sporting Club Albi (Pro D2), ASPTT (women’s football 1st division), Albi Rugby League XIII (Elite 1 men). Events: Albi Grand Prix (September), Route du Sud cyclisme (June), European Motocross Championships (April), Albi Marathon (April), Montagne Noire Automobile Rally (July) French Petanque Championships in Carmaux (July), 24 to 28 August 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Albi

Main tourist sites: Albi and the Episcopal City, Toulouse-Lautrec museum, Castres and the Goya museum, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Gaillac vineyards, bastides and villages, Sidobre, Martels Garden and Tarn historical railway, Black Mountain, Sorèze Abbey-school and Dom Robert Museum, Ambialet and the Tarn Valley

Festivals: Pause Guitar in Albi (July), Musiques des Lumières in Sorèze (July), L’Eté de Vaour

Economy: Pierre Fabre laboratories, Glasswork manufacture of Albi, food industry, tourism sector

Aveyron (12)

Population: 277,740 (2013)

Prefecture: Rodez

Sub-prefectures: Millau, Villefranche-de-Rouergue

Surface: 8735 km²

Specialties: Aligot, estofinade, Roquefort, Fleur d’Aubrac (meat), Veal of Aveyron, farcous, truffade, fouace, soleil of marcillac, tripous, cheese soup, flaune, échaudés …

Sporting events: Roc lassagais (26th edition), Trans Aubrac (trail and ultra-trail),

Rouergue Rally (44th edition), Marmotte d’Olt (gran fondo, 21st edition), Natural Games, 100 km of Millau (long distance running), Festival of Templars (trail), L’Aveyronnaise Classic

Festivals: CapMômes Festival (theatre, music, circus), Sylvanès music festival (sacred music, world music), Millau in Jazz

Economy: Livestock market in Laissac Séverac (2nd market of France), Rodez University, Bosch (1,600 employees), RAGT (1,261 employees), Caves of Roquefort (1,210 employees).

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