The city of King Henry the 4th hosted the race in fine style on 66 occasions which puts it on the podium behind Paris and Bordeaux of the most visited towns of the Tour. On the last two finishes that were set there, the Bearn area found itself a new Prince. Pierrick Fedrigo indeed entered the club of the very few riders having triumphed twice in Pau, first in 2010, and then again two years later in 2012.
Prefecture of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)
Specialities: Béarnaise sauce, garbure, poule au pot (chicken in a pot), foie gras, confit, Jurançon, Béarn wines, gâteau à la broche, merveilles (fritters), coucougnettes du Vert Galant (sweets), jams, honey
Economy: services, petroleum and geosciences engineering, petrochemicals and chemicals, pharmaceuticals, agro alimentary industry, aerospace, information technology, tourism
Sport: Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez (basketball), Section Paloise (rugby), golf, Basque pelota, elite French canoeing centre
Personalities: Henri IV, Saint-John Perse (poet), Vladimir Nabokov, Christian Laborde (writers), Patrice and Tony Estanguet (kayak), Stéphane Augé (cycling), Julien Escudé (football)
Festivals : Carnaval Biarnès (February, Festival de danses plurielles, Images de Montagne, Urban Session, Ciné Cité, The Summer in Pau (song), Book Fair, Festival Access (electronic music, November)
Jersey wearers after the stage 1
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Sponsorship and Environment
Since it was founded, Amaury Sport Organisation has been involved in various sponsorship and philanthropy activities. It is the generosity of sport that can be found in a certain number of initiatives aiming to invest in the workings of the disciplines themselves (sponsorship of the French Federation of Cycling), in a humanitarian and social framework, (Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, Actions Dakar, Un Techo Para Mi Pais) or in the environmental sphere (Madre De Dios, selective sorting, etc.). Read more
A.S.O. is committed to integrating environmental considerations into the organisation of its races: Limiting CO2 emissions; A quality waste management policy for the spectators but also for the organisers and the riders; The promotion of cycling as an alternative, environmentally-friendly means of transport. Read more