Ax 3 Domaines

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Ax 3 Domaines is a winter sports resort situated in the commune of Ax-les-Thermes, departement of Ariège, in France. Since 2001, the climb to the ski station has been used as a stage finish in the Tour de France cycle race.

On 6 July 2013, the eighth stage of the Tour de France finished in the resort at an altitude of 1,375 m (4,511 ft).[1]

Details of the climb[edit]

The climb commences at Ax-les-Thermes from where the ascent is 7.8 km (4.8 mi) long gaining 670 m (2,198 ft) at an average gradient of 8.6%, although several sections exceed 10%.[2] The Tour de France finish varies from year to year; in 2013, the finish line was at 1,375 m (4,511 ft) although the "summit" of the climb was at 1,350 m (4,429 ft), 1.5 km (0.9 mi) before the stage finish.[3]

Tour de France[edit]

The climb has been used in five stages of the Tour de France cycle race with its first appearance coming in 2001, when it was referred to as "Ax-les-Thermes – Plateau de Bonascre".[4] In 2013, it was the finish of the eighth stage from Castres, when British rider, Chris Froome, dominated the climb to take the maillot jaune.[3]

Tour de France stage finishes[edit]

[4]

Year Stage Category Start of stage Distance (km) Stage winner Yellow jersey
2013 8 1 Castres 195  Chris Froome (GBR)  Chris Froome (GBR)
2010 14 1 Revel 184.5  Christophe Riblon (FRA)  Andy Schleck (LUX)
2005 14 1 Agde 220.5  Georg Totschnig (AUT)  Lance Armstrong (USA)
2003 13 1 Toulouse 197.5  Carlos Sastre (ESP)  Lance Armstrong (USA)
2001 12 1 Perpignan 166.5  Félix Cárdenas (COL)  François Simon (FRA)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glendenning, Barry (6 July 2013). "Tour de France 2013: stage eight". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ax Bonascre - Ax-3-Domaines: Ax les Thermes". Climb by Bike. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Stage 8: Castres to Ax 3 Domaines Boom: Froome blows the race to pieces!". Tour de France. Amaury Sport Organisation. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Plateau de Bonascre ou Ax 3 Domaines dans le Tour de France" (in French). ledicodutour. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 

Coordinates: 42°42′03″N 1°48′50″E / 42.70083°N 1.81389°E / 42.70083; 1.81389