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 metres (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 metres (1,755 ft)), the climb to the Plateau de Beille (1790 meters) is 15.8 km long. Over this distance, the climb is 1,255 metres (4,117 ft). (an average 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. However, the stage winner in 2011, Jelle Vanendert, did not win the Tour. Although the Tour de France itself does not keep precise track of elapsed time on individual climbs, and occasionally changes their official starting and finishing points, professional coaches and media organizations have recorded the following times:
Tour de France stage finishes
|Year||Stage||Start of stage||Distance (km)||Category of climb||Stage winner||Yellow jersey||Time|
|2011||14||Saint-Gaudens||168.5||HC||Jelle Vanendert||Thomas Voeckler||46:01|
|2007||14||Mazamet||170||HC||Alberto Contador||Michael Rasmussen||44:08|
|2004||13||Lannemezan||205.5||HC||Lance Armstrong||Thomas Voeckler||45:30|
|2002||12||Lannemezan||198||HC||Lance Armstrong||Lance Armstrong||45:43|
|1998||11||Bagnères-de-Luchon||170||HC||Marco Pantani||Jan Ullrich||43:30*|
*The 1998 Tour de France finish was at 1747 m whereas in later years the finish has been at 1780 m.
- Michele Ferrari, Tour de France 2011 - Part I, 17 Jul 2011 - http://www.53x12.com/do/show?page=indepth.view&id=122