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The 2017 route of the Tour de France winds through the volcanoes and rivers of Haute-Loire, with three days of the iconic race in Auvergne. On Sunday, 16 July, the 15th stage of the event finishes at the foot of the cathedral in Le Puy-en-Velay.
Start planning your trip to Auvergne: tourist information and accommodation for the Tour de France.
The stage begins in the Aveyron department, in Laissac-Sévérac l'Église. The route takes the cyclists up through the Aubrac plateau and along the pilgrimage trail of the Way of Saint James. The stage then descends and winds along the Gorges of the Allier River before climbing up to the Velay plateau (a slope of 7.4% for 8.3 km) and arriving in the town of Le Puy-en-Velay, with its majestic religious heritage as a backdrop.
Monday, the cyclists rest in Le Puy-en-Velay before heading out on Tuesday, 19 July for the 16th stage towards Romans-sur-Isère, passing through the Meygal Mountains and Chambon-sur-Lignon.
Visit the website of the Tour de France for more information on the stages and routes.
All along the route, discover Auvergne's natural and cultural heritage sites.
Around Sauges, take a walk on the iconic pilgrimage route towards Saintiago de Compostella. Around Prades, discover the magnificent Allier Gorges, on foot, by bike, by train or try whitewater sports with a canoe, kayak or rafting trip.
Overlooking the route is the medieval Polignac Fortress, a must on a visit in the Velay area.
And be sure to take the time to discover the town of Le Puy-en-Velay with its cathedral, the statue of Notre-Dame-de-France and the Chapel of Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe. Not to mention the culinary delights to be savoured in many restaurants of the town.