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Stage 11: Wednesday, July 22 - 106 miles

Posted: Friday, July 10, 1998

Wednesday July 22 - Out of the spa town of Luchon to the cross-country skiing site of Plateau de Beille this 170-km route takes the riders through the Ariege with its prehistoric sites and caves.

Luchon (Societe du Tour de France)

Within a tempting framework of greenery, halfway from Biarritz to Perpignan, Luchon is principal resort of the Pyrenees and one of the oldest mountain of the Tour de France. Its origins go back to the Romans who mastered the science of hydrotherapy perfectly.

  Plateau de Beille (Societe du Tour de France)
Plateau de Beille

Cross-country ski domain of the Pyrenees, the plateau de Beille benefits from enduring snow and a panoramic view of a rare beauty, between the valley of Ariège and the Franco-Spanish hills .Its Scandinavian atmosphere with a reindeer park and sleds pulled by huskies are part of its originality.

Some information provided by Societe du Tour de France, 1998
Reuters contributed to this report.

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