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Tour de France 2008

Date range:
July 5-27, 2008
  • Tour de France, France, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      197.5km
      Start location:
      Brest
      End location:
      Plumelec
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      164.5km
      Start location:
      Auray
      End location:
      Saint Brieuc
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      208km
      Start location:
      Saint-Malo
      End location:
      Nantes
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      29.5km
      Start location:
      Cholet
      End location:
      Cholet (ITT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      232km
      Start location:
      Cholet
      End location:
      Châteauroux
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      195.5km
      Start location:
      Aigurande
      End location:
      Super Besse
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      159km
      Start location:
      Brioude
      End location:
      Aurillac
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      172.5km
      Start location:
      Figeac
      End location:
      Toulouse
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      224km
      Start location:
      Toulouse
      End location:
      Bagnères de Bigorre
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      156km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Hautacam
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      167.5km
      Start location:
      Lannemezan
      End location:
      Foix
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      168.5km
      Start location:
      Lavelanet
      End location:
      Narbonne
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      182km
      Start location:
      Narbonne
      End location:
      Nîmes
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      194.5km
      Start location:
      Nîmes
      End location:
      Digne les Bains
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      183km
      Start location:
      Embrun
      End location:
      Prato Nevoso
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      157km
      Start location:
      Cuneo
      End location:
      Jausiers
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      210.5km
      Start location:
      Embrun
      End location:
      L'Alpe d'Huez
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      196.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg d'Oisans
      End location:
      Saint Étienne
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      165.5km
      Start location:
      Roanne
      End location:
      Montluçon
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      53km
      Start location:
      Cérilly
      End location:
      Saint Amand Montrond (ITT)
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      143km
      Start location:
      Étampes
      End location:
      Paris/Champs Élysées
  • Race history

July 17, Stage 12: Lavelanet - Narbonne 168.5km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 24, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 13:15 BST

With the Pyrenean stages over, the Tour now begins its journey across to the Alps. This stage...

With the Pyrenean stages over, the Tour now begins its journey across to the Alps. This stage features just one fourth category climb as it descends steadily towards the Mediterranean and so is a prime opportunity for the sprinters to reopen their accounts after a hard few days.

Lavelanet, situated in the heart of Cathar country with its hilltop castles, has hosted the start of a Tour stage once before: in 2002. That day saw a very similar course profile – although an entirely different route – and finished not far from today's Narbonne finish in the Herault department's capital Beziers. The stage was won by Scot David Millar (then Cofidis, now Slipstream-Chipotle) from a breakaway group that finished almost ten minutes ahead of the peloton.

Narbonne, with its 13th century Saint-Just cathedral, has been in existence since 118BC when the Romans settle there. The city has hosted the Tour seven times before, most recently in 2003 as it saw the start of the stage to Toulouse that was won by Juan Antonio Flecha. The last stage to finish here – or more accurately at Narbonne-Plage – was the second of five stages won by Belgian sprint legend Freddy Maertens in 1981.


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