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On the road to the Tour de France

Without pretension, the Tour is part of life in Saint Lary. It has to be said that the mountain passes and mountains surrounding Saint Lary offer an ideal playground for all road warriors, professional and amateur cyclists alike. Every year, the Tour de France caravan passes through our roads. Names and places of legend echo here: Poulidor, Merxx, Quintana, Tourmalet, Portet, Aspin…

In Tour legend

With 12 years of Tour de France, Saint-Lary is a cycling mecca in the Pyrenees. In 2022, the Tour would pass through Saint-Lary before beginning its ascent of the Col d’Azet. But before that Saint Lary has been a stage finish 12 times: in 2018, with the first ascent of the col du Portet, which will again be in the spotlight in 2021, as a Tour finish. The Pla d’Adet for its part counts no fewer than 10 finishes since 1974.

 

 

Poulidor's last victory

This was the scene of 38-year-old Raymond Poulidor’s final stage victory on July 16, 1974, at the finish of the 16th stage of the Tour de France.

The riders set off from Seu d’Urgell, capital of the Alt Urgell comarca in Catalonia and an autonomous Spanish community, on a 209 km course. Up to Saint-Lary, not much had happened, apart from some classic attacks countered by the team-mates of yellow jersey E.Merckx. The riders were impressed by a road cut straight through the mountains, with a tough climb (up to 13.8% gradient). Poulidor, a great French personality, attacked on the first serious bend, crossing the line in the lead 10.7 km later. He finished 2nd overall on the Champs-Élysées, but a winner in hearts and minds.

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Le Tour à Saint Lary

YearStageKmWinner
1974 (finish)16th: Seu d’Urgell / Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet209R. Poulidor (France)
1974 (start)17th Saint-Lary-Soulan / Tourmalet-La Mongie119J-P. Danguillaume (France)
197511th Pau / Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet160J. Zoetemelk (Netherlands)
1976 (finish)14th Saint-Gaudens / Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet139L. Van Impe (Belgium)
1976 (start)15th Saint-Lary-Soulan / Pau195W. Panizza (Italy)
197811th Pau / Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet161M. Martinez (France)
19816th Saint-Gaudens / Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet117.5L. Van Impe (Belgium)
198213th Pau / Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet122B. Breu (Switzerland)
199316th Andorra / Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet230Z. Jaskula (Poland)
200113e Foix / Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet194(L. Amstrong) (USA)
200515th Lézat-sur-Lèze / Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet205.5(G. Hincapie) (USA)
201417th Saint-Gaudens / Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet124.5R. Majka (Poland)
201817th Bagnères-de-Luchon / Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet65N. Quintana (Colombia)
202117th Muret / Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet66Tadej Pogacar
202217th Saint Gaudens /Peyragudes (col d’Azet)65Tadej Pogacar
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