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The tour de france stage

JULY 25, 2018

Tour de france 2018, we are counting on you !

On July 25, Saint-Lary will host the star stage of the Tour de France 2018. For this holiday to be a success we need the support of everyone ... So if you have a few hours (or more!) free join our dream-team of volunteers!

To register and experience this great event from behind the scenes as volunteers, click here.

 

An arrival like never before 

A unique show

This year, the Tour de France will start its 105th edition at Noirmoutier-en-L'île in Vendée on July 7, 2018, and finish its race in the Pays-Basque before arriving in Paris for the21st stage on July 29 2018.

A course of 3,329 km awaits the riders, who will be surprised by a race full of new experiences and highlights such as the cobblestones of Roubaix, the Plateau des Glières, the Alpe d'Huez ascent and of course the 65 km stage to the Col du Portet in the Pyrenees.

It's a shorter Tour de France than usual, as the stages are more varied and some routes will be more complexed and decisive.

STAGE 17:Bagneres-de-Luchon - Saint-Lary-Soulan :

This 17th crowning stage in the Pyrenees will be the shortest in the 2018 Tour de France, and therefore the most intense. The summit of the Col du Portet at an altitude of 2,215 meters will be the culmination of a highly anticipated Tour.

The 22 teams composed of 8 riders will have to give their everything on this course punctuated by the difficulty of the ascent and the time limitations.

In the final decisive week, the village of Saint-Lary is proud to host the arrival stage for this 6th mountain stage and we are expecting a large crowd to encourage those athletes who will take up the challenge of Col du Portet!

Traffic and parking

From July 8th to 25th, access to the Col du Portet road between Espiaube and the finish is reserved for cyclists and pedestrians. Parking and traffic are impossible to Espiaube and the Col du Portet Road.

The “caravan” will provide entertainment on the route of the Tour up to Espiaube (no access on the Route du Col du Portet).

Restricted traffic

Parking will be regulated, with free public parking on the Pla d'Adet and in the village. The cable car and gondola car parks (village) are reserved for the organization of the Tour.

  • Parking for campavans/caravans: spaces will be provided at the former municipal campsite (village) and Pla d'Adet by the side of the road and at Schuss car park.
  • Parking for light vehicles : Free parking is available near Saint-Lary village and Vignec and Pla d'Adet only on July 25th.
  • Parking for local residents : (Pla d'Adet, Soulan, Espiaube): The "valley" side of the road will be reserved for residents of the resort. For residents of Espiaube only, passes are available upon presentation of receipts from the Tourist Office. These passes allow residents access to their accommodations the days before the Tour but in no case to circulate when the roads are closed.

WARNING : This information is given as an indication and access may be regulated by law enforcement agencies beyond these times in case of high attendance numbers.

Major traffic disruptions are expected from Tuesday, July 24 until the evening on July 25. It is recommended to postpone your departure until after the 25th July or to take alternative routes (Cols d'Azet and Peyresourdes, Hourquette d'Ancizan, Spain).

D-day

On July 25, 2018, access to Saint-Lary village and Pla d'Adet will be possible until noon. The crossing of Saint-Lary towards Spain will be impossible from 13.00 to 19.00.

Access to Pla d'Adet will not be possible between noon and 23.00. The descent from the Pla d'Adet will be possible from 19:00, the climb from 23:00.

Pedestrian access

Several lifts are open to transport the public near to the Tour route.

  • Between the town and the Pla d'Adet : opening of the gondola and the cable car and the final ascent.
  • Opening of the Portet gondola (leading to the finish) and the Mouscadès chairlift (leading to 500 m of the route at km 62 of the stage) - reduced single fare of €5.

Warning : part of the journey between these lifts must be done on foot!

Two possibilities: La Cabane forest path (about 3 km with a small incline) or a hike on the trails between Pla d'Adet and the 3 Guides refuge.

After the arrival of the stage, high traffic is expected on these lifts back to the town. Marked pedestrian routes may be a good alternative to return to Pla d'Adet.

Lifts

  • Cable car
  • Cable car
  • Portet Gondola

Bivouac

Bivouac areas with refuse and recycling bins and toilets are available in the sector of Espiaube near where the Tour passes. For safety reasons, the bivouac is forbidden outside these areas.

Arrival times of the race

  • Caravan (arrival at Saint-Lary): 14.30
  • In Saint-Lary village around 16:40
  • At the top of the pass around 17:23

Attention, these times are given as indicative and may change.

 

Entertainment

Before

One off musical concert by SANGRIA GRATUITE in Saint-Lary village, cable car carpark, July 24 at 21.00 - Free entry. *

During

Two giant screens will be set up for you to follow the stage on July 25th: In the village, Entertainment in the heart of Saint-Lary Soulan and at the stage finish at Col du Portet.

Before/During/After

Not to be missed: The "Saint-Lary and the Tour de France" exhibition at the “la Maison du Patrimoine” (Heritage House) located opposite the Tourist Office from 3rd June to 31st August 2018.

Safety

For the welfare and wellbeing of all, please do not leave your bags unattended and report any suspicious objects to the security services or teams of the organisation.

You will find yourself in natural areas and sometimes in the presence of herds, we ask you to respect them: do not disturb wildlife or herds in the summer for your safety, do not damage the flora and plants and of course leave nothing in the mountains : collection areas and toilets are available throughout the event!