A beautiful 183-kilometre mountain stage for the cyclists of the 2016 Tour de France will take place on Saturday 9 July, one week after the start of the 103rd edition. Having arrived the night before at Lake Payolle, the riders will start from Pau before crossing Lourdes then facing the famous Tourmalet pass (2,115 metres of altitude). But the effort of the riders will not stop there. They will also climb to the Hourquette d'Ancizan (1,564 metres) and cross two passes, Val-Louron-Azet (1,580 metres) and the exalted Col de Peyresourde (1,569 metres), before returning to Bagnères de-Luchon. A landmark sporting event, the Tour has made the French countryside shine in all its glory since 1903, and the passage of the pack of cyclists—and now the Tour caravan—arouses the fervour of hundreds of thousands of spectators every year.
Start of the 8th stage of the 2016 Tour de France
9 July 2016