Sunday, July 16th – Stage 15 189.5KM
Mountain Passes and Hills:
Km 28.5 – Montée de Naves d’Aubrac (1 058 m) 8.9 kilometre-long climb at 6.4% – category 1
Km 43.5 – Côte de Vieurals 3.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.9% – category 3
Km 158.0 – Col de Peyra Taillade (1 190 m) 8.3 kilometre-long climb at 7.4% – category 1
Km 176.5 – Côte de Saint-Vidal 1.9 kilometre-long climb at 6.8% – category 4
Laissac-Sévérac l’Église / Le Puy-en-Velay
Hard to tell in what state or shape the peloton will be at the end of this stage. It won’t be mountains but the journey through the Aubrac Plateau will be covered at an altitude of over 1000 metres during around fifty kilometres. Further away, the climb up to the Col de Peyra Taillade has gradients of 14% at some places. And that could certainly offer surprises when comes the time for a verdict in Le Puy-en-Velay.
Population: 277,740 (2013)
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).
Surface: 5,167 km²
Specialties: aligot, truffade, dry sausage, fricandeau (mixture of lean, fat and offal of pork cooked in a strainer), manouls (cooked sheep tripe), grass sausage, sac d’os (stuffed pork belly), pouteille (pig’s foot in red wine with potatoes), cow, sheep and goat cheeses (pelardon), honey, chestnut products, Quézac water, croquants, coupétade (Lozere pudding with prunes and dry fruit).
Sport Clubs: Mende Volley Lozère, Tean MTB Lozère
Sporting events: Gévaudathlon bike tour, Gévaudathlon (raid multisport), Lozère Trail, Raid Lozère Sport Nature, Tréfle Lozérien (enduro race), Marvejols-Mende half-marathon, 160 km de Florac (equestrian endurance race), Lozère Rally.
Economy: agriculture, tourism and nature sport, medecine, wood industry, agro-food industry.
Main tourist sites: Gorges of Tarn, Aubrac (St James Way), Margeride, Lake Naussac, Aven Armand, Dargilan cave, Gévaudan wolves park, Bison park of Europe, Vultures of the Gorges, Belvedere Of Jonte, Mont Lozère and its 154 menhirs, archaeological museum and site of Javols, 2/3 of Lozere territory listed as a World Heritage site by Unesco for its cultural landscapes of agro-pastoralism, National Park of Cevennes.
Festivals: Détours du Monde festival, 48th Street, Fairytales and Tales, Olt Festival, Festiv’Allier, Festival of Crafts and Art in Cevennes, International Film Festival of Vébron
Prefecture: Le Puy-en-Velay
Sub-prefectures: Brioude, Yssingeaux
Surface: 4,977 km²
Specialties: green lentil of Le Puy, Verveine of Velay, Cow cheese Artisou of Haute-Loire, Red beads of Monts du Velay, Beef Fin Gras of Mézenc, mountain meats, lace.
Sport Clubs: Le Puy Foot 43 (4th division), ASM Basket Le Puy (National 2 men)
Sporting events: International 15 km of Le Puy-en-Velay, Grand Trail of Saint-Jacques, La Pierre Chany Gran Fondo, Traversée des Sucs (Mountain bike)
Festivals: Festival of La Chaise-Dieu, Renaissance Festival “Le Roi de l’Oiseu” and show “Le Puy de lumières” in Puy-en-Velay, Country Festival in Craponne-sur-Arzon, Interfolk, Celtic Festival in Gevaudan , Festival of humour in Yssingeaux, Festival of Le Monastier
Main tourist sites: Le Puy-en-Velay, La Chaise-Dieu, Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, station of the Mézenc / Les Estables, gorges of the Allier, Loire, castle of Chavaniac Lafayette
Economy: high technology industrial activities, plastics, mechanicals, textile, agribusiness, wood industry, tourism, agriculture, craft industry