Stage 3
Montignac-Lascaux Mauriac
17 August 2019

Type Hilly
Distance 170 km
Climbing +2,645 m
Start
Montignac-Lascaux (Dordogne)
 12:00 CEST
 Rue de Juillet (Google Maps)
Finish
Mauriac (Cantal)
 15:56 CEST (estim.)
 Rue du Commandant Gabon (Google Maps)
Racing highlights
  • KM 53.3
    GPM - Côte de la Magne
  • KM 124.9
    GPM - Côte de La Croix du Tilleul
  • KM 164.7
    GPM - Côte de Mauriac
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In 1940, the city of Montignac Lascaux became world famous with the discovery of the Lascaux cave with its prodigious skill in line and the brilliance of its painting colours. Montignac then became one of the cradles of humanity. In December 2016, Montignac was informed of the opening of the International Centre for Parietal Art, more commonly known as Lascaux 4. Nearly 500,000 visitors a year come to Montignac-Lascaux. Crossed by the Vézère river, Montignac has two main centres of life with a very rich architecture varied dating from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries with houses on stilts and half-timbered, washhouses, fountains….

Mauriac is located between the upper Dordogne valley, classified as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and the Grand National Site of Le Puy-Mary. Labelled “Plus Beaux Détours de France” and “Sites et Cités Remarquables”, Mauriac is an essential stopover. It is one of the oldest cities of Cantal born about 2000 years ago. It began to flourish in the 9th century with the foundation of the monastery of Saint Peter, with royal status. The city then became a major centre of pilgrimages, attracting crowds. In the 12th century the Basilica of Our Lady of Miracles was built, huge markets were held in the city. Throughout the Middle Ages, Mauriac expanded.

Agriculture is one of the city’s main attractions and therefore an important economic vector with its market on the dial of the Parc des Rédines, unique in Auvergne. Tourism plays an important role in Mauriac’s life.

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