Saturday, November 29, 2014

Le Tour de France in Barcelona, 1957, 1965 and 2009

Tour de France in Barcelona (Montefusco Cycling)
Stage profile stage 6 Tour de France 2009
Being so close to France, you may think Barcelona has hosted several Tour de France stage finish throughout the years. But, unfortunately, Barcelona has just welcomed three times the most important cycling race of the world.

- Tour de France 1957 July 15th stage: Perpignan-Barcelona 197 km, won by Rene Privat. In the afternoon was a second sector, a time trial in Montjuic mountain, won by Jacques Anquetil, who finally won the Tour.
Jacques Anquetil, winner of Tour de France 1957
- Tour de France 1965 July 2nd, 11th stage: Ax les Thermes-Barcelona, 240,5 km.
Stage was won by the spaniard José Pérez Francés after one of the longest solo breakaways of Tour de France history: 223 km. In a very hot stage, after climbing alone Col de Puymorens, he succeded in stage with over 6 minutes to the peloton.
The day after, the peloton lead from Barcelona to Perpignan in a flat stage, won by Jan Janssen.
Tour de France in Barcelona (Montefusco Cycling)
José Férez Francés great victory
- Tour de France 2009, July 9th, 6th stage. Girona-Barcelona 181,5 km.
In a hilly stage, the peloton kept together till Olimpic Stadium in Montjuic, where finish line was installed. Norwegian Thor Hushovd won the stage ahead of spaniards Oscar Freire and José Joaquín Rojas. Barcelona welcomed Tour de France in spite of the rain, with thousands of yellow cards saluting the most important cycling race of the world.
The day after, Tour de France lead to Andorra in a high mountain stage 224 km long.

Tour de France in Barcelona (Montefusco Cycling)
Thor Hushovd win in Barcelona
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