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Route du Sud 2016

Col de Couraduque

Col de Couraduque. Not the full story as the 9km before this has 415m of climbing.

The 40th edition of Route du Sud will take place from 16th to 19th June 2016. There are 5 stages which will cover a total distance of 642km. There will be 15 teams taking part and will range from Pro Tour to Continental. It is the last stage race before Le Tour de France and some of the Pro Tour riders use it as final preparation. The race will be live on Eurosport in 60 countries and up to 10,000,000 viewers are expected each day. Eurosport also plan to stream live video from onboard the riders bikes.

16 June- Stage 1 : Saint-Pons-de-Thomières – Bessières (165,9 km)
17 June Stage 2 : Saint-Pierre-de-Trivisy – Albi (92,4 km)
17 June Stage 3 : CLM individuel à Albi-Le Séquestre (13,4 km) Time Trial
18 June Stage 4 : Saint-Gaudens – Val d’Azun Couraduque (184,9 km)
19 June Stage 5 : Gers Astarac Arros-en-Gascogne (154,8 km)

Route du Sud 2016

Route du Sud 2016

Stage 4 on Saturday 18th June, is undoubtedly the queen stage, with 184km from Saint Gaudens to Val d’Azun. The route will climb Col du Tourmalet from the easier eastern side, before climbing Col des Bordères from Pierrefitte, which will take the race through Saint-Savin. Borderés is well known to guests of Pyrenees Cycling lodge. The last 3km are lots of cycling fun. By fun I mean pain! The finish will be on Col de Couraduque, a hidden gems of the Pyrénées.

Route du Sud - Col du Tourmalet

Route du Sud on Col du Tourmalet in 2014

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Col de Couraduque

Col de Couraduque

Couraduque has been mentioned in the same sentence as TDF in recent years, as a possible stage finish. Le Tour has often used Route du Sud as a test for future Tour stages. In 2014 they had a stage finish at Lac de Payolle which will now host Le Tour on 8th July this year. Christian Prudhomme the director of Le Tour often travels in the car with the director of Route du Sud, so it will be interesting to see who is in the race director’s car on 18th June.

Col de Couraduque

Col de Couraduque. Not the full story as the 9km before this has 415m of climbing.

Stage 4 Route du Sud 2016

Stage 4 Route du Sud 2016

Stage 4 Map - Route du Sud 2016

Stage 4 Map – Route du Sud 2016

Col de Couraduque Profile

Col de Couraduque Profile

For the 2017 Tour de France, I have already heard talk of Luz Ardiden as a stage finish. As Le Tour should be here in the last week I would expect 2 finishes in the region. Perhaps Couraduque will get a day in the sun.

Christian Prudhomme

Christian Prudhomme at the 2015 Route de Sud

This will be the first time that a pro race has finished up there. From Aucun is is only 6.8km to the finish but it is a great road and the views are awesome. It starts off very steep before a 5% section at 4km to go and then ramps up to 8+ for the last 3km.

Francis Auriac

Francis Auriac

The race will be a tribute to its founder Francis Auriac who passed away earlier this year. He has run the race since 1977. RIP. The race is sponsored by La Dépêche du Midi a regional daily published in Toulouse.

Route du Sud 2015

Alberto Contador leads Route du Sud 2015 out of Lourdes

Winners

1977FranceJacques Esclassan (FRA)Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1978FrancePierre-Raymond Villemiane (FRA)Renault-Gitane
1979FranceYvon Bertin (FRA)Renault-Gitane
1980FranceGilbert Duclos-Lassalle (FRA)Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1981FranceJean-René Bernaudeau (FRA)Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1982ItalyFrancesco Moser (ITA)Famcucine
1983FranceGilbert Duclos-Lassalle (FRA)Peugeot-Shell-Michelin
1984FrancePascal Simon (FRA)Peugeot-Shell-Michelin
1985Republic of IrelandStephen Roche (IRL)La Redoute
1986SwitzerlandNiki Rüttimann (SUI)La Vie Claire
1987FranceRégis Clere (FRA)Teka
1988FranceRonan Pensec (FRA)Z-Peugeot
1989FranceGilbert Duclos-Lassalle (FRA)Z-Peugeot
1990FranceYves Bonnamour (FRA)Castorama
1991SwitzerlandLaurent Dufaux (SUI)Helvetia-La Suisse
1992LithuaniaArturas Kasputis (LTU)Postobon
1993FranceEric Boyer (FRA)Gan
1994ColombiaÁlvaro Mejía (COL)Motorola
1995SwitzerlandLaurent Dufaux (SUI)Festina-Lotus
1996FranceLaurent Jalabert (FRA)O.N.C.E.
1997AustraliaPatrick Jonker (AUS)Rabobank
1998FranceArmand De Las Cuevas (FRA)Banesto
1999United StatesJonathan Vaughters (USA)US Postal Service
2000PolandTomasz Brożyna (POL)Banesto
2001KazakhstanAndrei Kivilev (KAZ)Cofidis
2002United StatesLevi Leipheimer (USA)Rabobank
2003AustraliaMichael Rogers (AUS)Quick Step-Davitamon
2004AustraliaBradley McGee (AUS)FDJeux.com
2005FranceSandy Casar (FRA)Française des Jeux
2006FranceThomas Voeckler (FRA)Bouygues Télécom
2007SpainÓscar Sevilla (ESP)Relax-GAM
2008Republic of IrelandDaniel Martin (IRL)Slipstream-Chipotle
2009PolandPrzemysław Niemiec (POL)Miche-Silver Cross
2010FranceDavid Moncoutié (FRA)Cofidis
2011BelarusVasil Kiryienka (BLR)Movistar Team
2012ColombiaNairo Quintana (COL)Movistar Team
2013FranceThomas Voeckler (FRA)Team Europcar
2014Republic of IrelandNicola Roche (IRL)Team Tinkoff
2015SpainAlberto Contador (ESP)Team Tinkoff

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