Tour de France

  • © Bernard Blanc
  • © Bernard Blanc
  • © Bernard Blanc
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  • © Bernard Blanc

Description

The mythical Pyrenean mountain passes, at the limits of the effort…

Tourists practicing cycling are more numerous each year to tackle the mountain passes of the Central Pyrenees. The General Council of Haute-Garonne has put in place signage indicating the altitude of the pass and its elevation, so that everyone can assess the efforts he still has to provide! The payoff is down the road and a souvenir photo immortalizes the exploits … Here are the Hauts-Garonne passes regularly borrowed by the Tour: the port (local name of the Col de Bales (1755 m)), Col des Ares (797 m), Col de Buret (618 m), Col de Mente (1349 m), the Col du Portet d’Aspet (1069 m), Col du Portillon (1293 m), Col de Peyresourde (1569 m), the Col de la Clin (1249 m), the Col de Larrieu (704 m) and the Col d’Artigascou (1351 m).

Legend of the Tour de France

Two headstones were laid in memory of tragic events:

– A first plaque of a painful moment of the Tour de France was built on the road leading to the Mourtis ski resort, above Beatus; in memory of the fall in the descent of the Col de Mente of yellow jersey Luis Ocaña, on July 12, 1971.

– A few kilometres further, down the first steep of Portet d’Aspet in front of a sealed marble plaque on the wall, you can pay tribute to a young Italian with a promising future Fabio Casartelli who fell to his death, on July 18, 1995.