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Blagnac / Rodez

Blagnac

Blagnac

On the occasion of the last stage start in Blagnac in 2012, Mark Cavendish was probably inspired by the place. Several hours later after leaving the site where Airbus planes are assembled, the Brit powered to the line in Brive-la-Gaillarde to capture the 22nd of his thirty stage wins on the Tour with the help of a glamorous lead-out man: a Yellow Jersey named Bradley Wiggins.

Aeroscopia Museum, Blagnac © David Becus

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Population: 26,000

Specialities: aeronautics, fruit and vegetable.

Celebrities: Françoise Laborde (senator), Maxime Médard (rugby union)

Sport: 56 clubs and 45 disciplines, 10,600 members. Blagnac-Saint-Orens (women's rugby union), Blagnac Sporting Club Rugby, Guidon Sprinter Club Vélo sport 31, Blagnac tennis Club, Blagnac Football Club, Blagnac Boxing Club, Blagnac Hockey Club, Élan gymnique. Events: 10 and 21 km (walk and semi-marathon), boxing French championships, tennis Open.

Economy: European aeronautic centre (Airbus, ATR, Safran, Air France Industries maintenance, research, equipment), Toulouse-Blagnac airport (8 million passengers), 1,700 companies and shops, headquarters of the Occitanie Region chamber of commerce. 

Heritage: Dominican convent (17th century), Saint-Pierre church, Odyssud (concert hall, 160,000 spectators per year), Aeroscopia museum.

Festivals: Luluberlu Children Festival, Week of the youth

Sustainable development: Agenda 21, 52 km of cycling tracks.

Labels: Ville active et sportive, 3 Flowers

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Blagnac and cycling

In the last start from Blagnac in 2012, Mark Cavendish took perfect inspiration from the aeronautic history of the place when he took off in the finish line in Brive for a supersonic bunch sprint victory, the 22nd of his 30 wins on the Tour. That day, he as set up by the best possible lead-out man, Bradley Wiggins. But all past stages from Blagnac did not necessarily please sprinters. In 1984, Pierre-Henri Mentheour had dropped Dominique Garde and Dane Kim Andersen to clinch the laurels in Rodez as the peloton was seven minutes adrift. Three years later, Regis Clere had been saved by the jury after reaching Blagnac outside the time limit. The next day, he thanked them by winning in Millau after a long solo which saw him leave the peloton trailing by 14 minutes. Blagnac is also home to one of the most prestigious cycling clubs in France, GSC (Guidon Saint-Cyprien), with members ranging from Laurent Jalabert to Frederic Moncassin, David Moncoutie or Nicolas Portal.

Tour de France 2012, Blagnac/Brive La Gaillarde : Victoire de Mark Cavendish © Presse Sports / PaponTour de France 1984 - Pierre Henri Mentheour et Dominique Garde © Presse Sports / Landrain

7 previous stages
Chef-lieu de canton in Haute-Garonne (31)

Population: 26,000

Specialities: aeronautics, fruit and vegetable.

Celebrities: Françoise Laborde (senator), Maxime Médard (rugby union)

Sport: 56 clubs and 45 disciplines, 10,600 members. Blagnac-Saint-Orens (women's rugby union), Blagnac Sporting Club Rugby, Guidon Sprinter Club Vélo sport 31, Blagnac tennis Club, Blagnac Football Club, Blagnac Boxing Club, Blagnac Hockey Club, Élan gymnique. Events: 10 and 21 km (walk and semi-marathon), boxing French championships, tennis Open.

Economy: European aeronautic centre (Airbus, ATR, Safran, Air France Industries maintenance, research, equipment), Toulouse-Blagnac airport (8 million passengers), 1,700 companies and shops, headquarters of the Occitanie Region chamber of commerce. 

Heritage: Dominican convent (17th century), Saint-Pierre church, Odyssud (concert hall, 160,000 spectators per year), Aeroscopia museum.

Festivals: Luluberlu Children Festival, Week of the youth

Sustainable development: Agenda 21, 52 km of cycling tracks.

Labels: Ville active et sportive, 3 Flowers

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Sights

Blagnac airport and Aeroscopia museum
In1928,the first ministry of Air decided to create airports all over France and chose the site of Blagnac to implant a civilian and industrial airport in Toulouse. From the start of the war in 1939, factories were hurriedly built on the sport to host repair warehouses for the Air Force. At the Liberation, civilian traffic definitely left Francazal and was transferred to Blagnac with a first terminal opening in 1953. In 1968, a second track was created for Concorde, the revolutionary supersonic plane designed on the site. The first flight of the Concorde took place in 1969 from Blagnac. Three years later, it was the turn of the first Airbus to take off from Toulouse. Sine then, the Blagnac site never ceased to develop in the wake of the aircraft industry and the world traffic to reach six million travellers per year. While Concorde belongs to the past, Airbus grew to become one of the leading aircraft manufacturers in the world and to launch the A380, the biggest commercial plane in the world. Some 120,000 persons come to Blagnac each year to discover the secrets of the A380 and visit the Aeroscopia museum dedicated to the history of aeronautics in Toulouse.
www.musee-aeroscopia.fr / www.taxiway.fr / www.manatour.fr

Saint-Pierre church
Originally built around a steeple turned towards the Garonne, the St Pierre church had parishioners as early as the 11th century. In the late 15th century, the steeple was replaced by a bell-tower similar to the one in the St Sernin basilica in Toulouse. The church was mutilated several times in the past by man, lightning and by a German warplane in 1944.

Odyssud and Ritournet park
Theatre, music, dance, circus, humour and children: each cultural season provides more than 80 different spectacles and attracts more than 160,000 spectators. It is one of the most successful venues in France, built inside a park next to a pleasant lake and a sports complex.
www.odyssud.com

Pillon: the saga of chocolate
The Pillon chocolate shop, created by René and Anne-Marie Pillon is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Their chocolates come from a selection of 23 origins, some very rare.
www.maison-pillon.fr/boutiques

Un Concorde d'Air France au musée Aeroscopia à Toulouse © Lucas0231Église Saint-Pierre de Blagnac © Monuments taleOdyssud et le parc du Ritoyret - Vue du parc © Ville de Blagnac

7 previous stages
Chef-lieu de canton in Haute-Garonne (31)

Population: 26,000

Specialities: aeronautics, fruit and vegetable.

Celebrities: Françoise Laborde (senator), Maxime Médard (rugby union)

Sport: 56 clubs and 45 disciplines, 10,600 members. Blagnac-Saint-Orens (women's rugby union), Blagnac Sporting Club Rugby, Guidon Sprinter Club Vélo sport 31, Blagnac tennis Club, Blagnac Football Club, Blagnac Boxing Club, Blagnac Hockey Club, Élan gymnique. Events: 10 and 21 km (walk and semi-marathon), boxing French championships, tennis Open.

Economy: European aeronautic centre (Airbus, ATR, Safran, Air France Industries maintenance, research, equipment), Toulouse-Blagnac airport (8 million passengers), 1,700 companies and shops, headquarters of the Occitanie Region chamber of commerce. 

Heritage: Dominican convent (17th century), Saint-Pierre church, Odyssud (concert hall, 160,000 spectators per year), Aeroscopia museum.

Festivals: Luluberlu Children Festival, Week of the youth

Sustainable development: Agenda 21, 52 km of cycling tracks.

Labels: Ville active et sportive, 3 Flowers

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Vallées du Tarn

© Franck Merlier

This stage crosses the Natura 2000 site of the Tarn, Aveyron, Viaur, Agout and Gijou valleys several times. This vast site, consisting of streams and gorges, is remarkable for its numerous habitats (forests, dry grasslands, meadows, peat bogs) and its characteristic animal species (such as pearl mussels and otters).

Read more : www.afbiodiversite.fr/fr/stage-14-blagnac-rodez

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