On July 24th, Stage 18 of the Tour de France will take place in Pau/Hautacam. This race is 145.5 km and a moutain stage. The city of Henri IV has welcomed the race 65 times, this puts it with Paris and Bordeaux as the most visited cities of the Tour. Pierrick Fedrigo became one of the few riders to win both times in Pau. In 2010, he triumphed in the stage and led the pack on the course. Then two years later, he captured another win after again being part of a successful breakaway.
Finishing up the stage will be in Hautacam. Four stages of the Tour have already finished in Lourdes. Luc Leblanc was the first to win there in 1994, a few months before conquering the World champion’s title in Sicily.