Joaquim «the little cigar» (Purito) Rodriguez (Katusha) claimed his second stage win at the 102nd Tour de France after the Mur de Huy as he soloed to victory with 7.5km to go in the ascent to Plateau de Beille. Under the deluge, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) made the top three while the yellow jersey group crossed the line with a deficit of 6.46. Despite a few attacks by his adversaries, Chris Froome (Team Sky) kept the race under control and...
« Je n'ai pas pu contrôler la puissance de grimpeurs dans la dernière ascension. Mais je suis content d'avoir essayé d'aller chercher cette étape. J'ai continué à y croire, mais c'était assez difficile avec simplement Sep Vanmarcke. J'ai bataillé jusqu'à la fin, j'étais à fond pour résister aux grimpeurs. Mais il faut que je félicite Rodriguez. »
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Tour de France 2015 - 16/07/2015 - 12ème Etape - Lannemezan / Plateau de Beille - 195Km - Sur le podium, Manuel VALLS, 1er Ministre, félicite Christopher FROOME (SKY) © ASO/B.Bade
A sporting view
Situated at the bottom of the Pyrenees, the common is known for its emerging talents both in mountain sports and in rugby, the king of disciplines in the South-West of France. Indeed, Pierre Berbizier, former captain of the French national squad sharpened his tactical skills at the CA Lannemezan club. But the children of the city also reached summits at Olympic Games: Paul-Henri de Le Rue conquered bronze in snowboard at the Torino Games, and Marie-Laure Brunet also claimed a bronze medal, this time in Vancouver, in biathlon. Four stages of the Tour were also launched from Lannemezan.
Capital of a canton in Hautes-Pyrénées (65)
Economy: agro alimentary industry, chemicals
Specialities: gâteau des banouliers
Sport: Cercle Amical Lannemezannais (rugby)
Personalities: Pierre Berbizier, René Hourquet (rugby), Paul-Henri De Le Rue (snowboarding), Marie-Laure Brunet (biathlon)
Festivals: Inter-Pyrenean Theatre Festivals, Fêtes de la Saint-Jean, comedy festival
Plateau de Beille
The resort that attracts cross-country skiers during winter dominates the valley of Ariège. But in the summer time, the place is taken over by keen cyclists, and more precisely by the peloton of the Tour de France that stopped over there on five occasions. The last time was in 2011 and Belgian Jelle Vanendert had enjoyed a sweet revenge over Samuel Sanchez beating the Spaniard to victory just two days after he had finished behind the same man in Luz-Ardiden. The Plateau de Beille also brings fond memories to Thomas Voeckler who had managed to defend his Yellow Jersey there both in 2004 and 2011.
5,600 inhabitants in the local municipality
Ariège ski resort (09)
Specialities: delicatessen, zynat (soup), mushrooms, croustade (pastry), tomme d'Ariège cheese, milla ariégeois (dessert)
Economy: tourism, skiing.
Sport: skiing, biathlon, snowshoeing, dog sledding
Personalities: Omar Bouyoussef (Paralympic champion in Nagano), Isabelle Casanova (Paralympic giant slalom champion in Salt Lake City and Nagano)
Festivals: Grands Chemins (street art), Oxygèbe pour les Oreilles (music), Festival des Saveurs
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