Tour de France Stage 16 Preview

Tuesday, July 18th – Stage 16 165KM

Le Puy-en-Velay

Stage Profile:

Profile

Mountains Passes and Hills:

Km 20.5 – Côte de Boussoulet 4.5 kilometre-long climb at 6.3% – category 3
Km 65.0 – Col du Rouvey 2.8 kilometre-long climb at 5.6% – category 4

Intermediate Sprint:

Intermediate sprint

Last Km:

Last km

Le Puy-en-Velay / Romans-sur-Isère

The roads of the day are perfectly known by the amateur riders of the Ardéchoise cyclosportive, with a topography that could give confidence to breakaway riders. But finishes in the Rhône Valley often end up with bunched sprints… unless the wind plays a role.

Haute-Loire

Population: 226,203

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

Ardèche (07)

Population: 226,203

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

Drôme (26)

Population: 494,712

Prefecture: Valence

Sub-prefectures: Die and Nyons

Surface: 6,530 km²

Specialties: stone fruit, aromatic and medicinal perfume plants, lavender, garlic. 19 protected appellations including 10 wines, 3 cheeses and 6 other products: Grenoble nuts, black olives from Nyons, olive oil from Nyons, olive oil from Provence, Lavender essential oils from Haute-Provence, Ardeche. Drome products also benefit from 9 red labels and 13 IGP.

Sport Clubs: Drôme Handball Bourg-de-Péage, Valence Handball, Team Drôme BMX, Saint Vallier Basket Drôme. Corima Drôme Provençale (gran fndo), Drômoise (gran fondo), The paths of the sun mountain bike raid (Marathon X Country international)

Festivals: Grignan nocturne festivals, Crest Jazz Vocal, Saoû sings Mozart

Economy: 44,300 establishments and 13,000 companies. Leather and luxury, agri-food, transport-logistics, etc.

Main tourist sites: Crocodile Farm (Pierrelatte), Grignan Castle, Ideal Palace of the postman Cheval (Hauterives)

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