Plateau de Beille
|Plateau de Beille|
|Location||Ariège, Midi-Pyrénées, France|
|Skiable area||70 km|
Plateau de Beille (Occitan: Plan de Belha) is a ski resort in the Pyrenees. It is situated in the Ariège department, in the Midi-Pyrénées. The winter sports station lies at a height of 1,790 m (5,870 ft).
The ski station is located between Tarascon-sur-Ariège and Ax-les-Thermes, close to the Spanish border. The ski slopes are at between 1,650 and 2,000 metres (5,410 and 6,560 ft). The station is the most important in the Pyrenees for cross-country skiing.
Details of climb
Starting from Les Cabannes (535 m (1,755 ft)), the climb to the Plateau de Beille (1,790 m (5,870 ft)) is 15.8 km (9.8 mi) long. Over this distance, the climb is 1,255 m (4,117 ft) at an average gradient of 7.9%. The maximum gradient is 10.8%.
Tour de France
Plateau de Beille has been the finish for a Tour de France stage five times: 1998, 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2011. On the first four occasions, the stage winner has gone on to win the Tour: Marco Pantani in 1998, Lance Armstrong in 2002 and 2004, and Alberto Contador in 2007.
Tour de France stage finishes
|Year||Stage||Start of stage||Distance (km)||Category of climb||Stage winner||Yellow jersey|
|2011||14||Saint-Gaudens||168.5||HC||Jelle Vanendert (BEL)||Thomas Voeckler (FRA)|
|2007||14||Mazamet||170||HC||Alberto Contador (ESP)||Michael Rasmussen (DEN)|
||Thomas Voeckler (FRA)|
|1998||11||Bagnères-de-Luchon||170||HC||Marco Pantani (ITA)||Jan Ullrich (GER)|
*The 1998 Tour de France finish was at 1,747 m (5,732 ft) whereas in later years the finish has been at 1,780 m (5,840 ft).