The Tour de France in the Pyrénées, in Pau and Pontacq

Every year the Tour de France holds a few stages in the Pyrénées Mountains. In Nouvelle-Aquitaine, our Atlantic Pyrénées welcome the cyclists this year for two stages on 19 and 20 July in Pau and between Tarbes and Tourmalet-Barèges.

Pau, capital of Béarn, will be the departure and arrival town for the 13th stage on 19 July. The town hosts the only individual fastest lap time race of the 2019 Tour over a 27 km distance. It’s also a rather special date as the famous Yellow Jersey will celebrate its 100th anniversary on this day and whoever wins the lap time race will go down in history.

The following day, the cyclists will cross the Gave de Pau during the 14th stage, then will come back again to cycle a few kilometres through our region. They will head on to Asson then climb towards Ferrières, then the Col du Soulor, new battle between the best climbers.

Fancy enjoying the Tour de France with us? Discover all you need to know to get the best from this moment, in particular info about the Fan Zone in Pontacq where you can be part of creating the biggest Bearn yellow jersey in the world (recorded in the Guinness World Records!). In actual fact, this ephemeral project will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Yellow Jersey and should be visible from the International Space Station (ISS)!

So, are you ready to come? Bearn locals love laughing and living well, just like Good King Henry; here’s their greatest ideas!

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from July 19 2019 to July 20 2019

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