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 useÂ 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.
16Â June- StageÂ 1 : Saint-Pons-de-ThomiÃ¨res – BessiÃ¨res (165,9 km)
17Â June StageÂ 2 : Saint-Pierre-de-Trivisy – Albi (92,4 km)
17Â June StageÂ 3 : CLM individuel Ã Albi-Le SÃ©questre (13,4 km) Time Trial
18Â June StageÂ 4 : Saint-Gaudens – Val d’Azun Couraduque (184,9 km)
19Â June StageÂ 5 : Gers Astarac Arros-en-Gascogne (154,8 km)
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 BordÃ¨res from Pierrefitte, which will take the race through Saint-Savin. BorderÃ©s 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 PyrÃ©nÃ©es.
CouraduqueÂ 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.
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.
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.
The race will be a tribute to its founderÂ Francis Auriac who passed away earlier this year. He has run the race since 1977. RIP. The race is sponsored byÂ La DÃ©pÃªche du Midi a regional daily published in Toulouse.
|1977||Jacques EsclassanÂ (FRA)||Peugeot-Esso-Michelin|
|1978||Pierre-Raymond VillemianeÂ (FRA)||Renault-Gitane|
|1979||Yvon BertinÂ (FRA)||Renault-Gitane|
|1980||Gilbert Duclos-LassalleÂ (FRA)||Peugeot-Esso-Michelin|
|1981||Jean-RenÃ© BernaudeauÂ (FRA)||Peugeot-Esso-Michelin|
|1982||Francesco MoserÂ (ITA)||Famcucine|
|1983||Gilbert Duclos-LassalleÂ (FRA)||Peugeot-Shell-Michelin|
|1984||Pascal SimonÂ (FRA)||Peugeot-Shell-Michelin|
|1985||Stephen RocheÂ (IRL)||La Redoute|
|1986||Niki RÃ¼ttimannÂ (SUI)||La Vie Claire|
|1987||RÃ©gis ClereÂ (FRA)||Teka|
|1988||Ronan PensecÂ (FRA)||Z-Peugeot|
|1989||Gilbert Duclos-LassalleÂ (FRA)||Z-Peugeot|
|1990||Yves BonnamourÂ (FRA)||Castorama|
|1991||Laurent DufauxÂ (SUI)||Helvetia-La Suisse|
|1992||Arturas KasputisÂ (LTU)||Postobon|
|1993||Eric BoyerÂ (FRA)||Gan|
|1994||Ãlvaro MejÃaÂ (COL)||Motorola|
|1995||Laurent DufauxÂ (SUI)||Festina-Lotus|
|1996||Laurent JalabertÂ (FRA)||O.N.C.E.|
|1997||Patrick JonkerÂ (AUS)||Rabobank|
|1998||Armand De Las CuevasÂ (FRA)||Banesto|
|1999||Jonathan VaughtersÂ (USA)||US Postal Service|
|2000||Tomasz BroÅ¼ynaÂ (POL)||Banesto|
|2001||Andrei KivilevÂ (KAZ)||Cofidis|
|2003||Michael RogersÂ (AUS)||Quick Step-Davitamon|
|2004||Bradley McGeeÂ (AUS)||FDJeux.com|
|2005||Sandy CasarÂ (FRA)||FranÃ§aise des Jeux|
|2006||Thomas VoecklerÂ (FRA)||Bouygues TÃ©lÃ©com|
|2007||Ã“scar SevillaÂ (ESP)||Relax-GAM|
|2008||Daniel MartinÂ (IRL)||Slipstream-Chipotle|
|2009||PrzemysÅ‚aw NiemiecÂ (POL)||Miche-Silver Cross|
|2010||David MoncoutiÃ©Â (FRA)||Cofidis|
|2011||Vasil KiryienkaÂ (BLR)||Movistar Team|
|2012||Nairo QuintanaÂ (COL)||Movistar Team|
|2013||Thomas VoecklerÂ (FRA)||Team Europcar|
|2014||Nicola RocheÂ (IRL)||TeamÂ Tinkoff|
|2015||Alberto ContadorÂ (ESP)||TeamÂ Tinkoff|