Hautacam

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The station in December, 2010
Cross-country skiing trail at Hautacam.

Hautacam is a ski resort in the Pyrenees. It is situated in the Hautes-Pyrénées department, in the Midi-Pyrénées region. The winter sports station lies at a height of 1560 meters. In road bicycle racing, the ascent to Hautacam is known as a tough climb, featuring many times in the Tour de France.

Details of climb[edit]

Starting from Argelès-Gazost (465 m.), the climb to Hautacam (1560 m.) is 15.8 km long. Over this distance, the climb is 1170 m. (an average of 6.8%), with some short sections at 10%. The 2008 Tour de France finish is at a height of 1520 m.

Tour de France[edit]

Hautacam first held a Tour de France stage in 1994, won by Luc Leblanc.

Tour de France stage finishes[edit]

Year Stage Start of stage Distance (km) Category of climb Stage winner Yellow jersey
2008 10 Pau 156 HC Juan José Cobo Cadel Evans
2000 10 Dax 205 HC Javier Otxoa none [1]
1996 16 Agen 199 HC Bjarne Riis Bjarne Riis
1994 11 Cahors 263.5 HC Luc Leblanc Miguel Indurain

It was on the climb to Hautacam that Lance Armstrong set up his victory in the 2000 Tour de France, until being disqualified for doping. In appalling weather, the race arrived at the first mountain stage, with Javier Otxoa the only survivor from an early break. On the final climb, Armstrong went off alone into the wind and rain leaving his challengers struggling, pushing Jan Ullrich into second place by four minutes. Once Armstrong had taken the Maillot Jaune, he was never seriously challenged until the end of the race.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lance Amstrong was disqualified for doping in 2012
  2. ^ Les Woodland (2003). The Yellow Jersey Companion to the Tour de France. Yellow Jersey Press. ISBN 0-224-06318-9. 

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Coordinates: 42°58′20″N 0°0′29″W / 42.97222°N 0.00806°W / 42.97222; -0.00806