Stage 4
Mauriac Espalion
18 August 2019

Type Hilly
Distance 164 km
Climbing +2,301 m
Start
Mauriac (Cantal)
 0:00 CEST
 Rue du 8 Mai (Google Maps)
Finish
Espalion (Aveyron)
 15:50 CEST (estim.)
 Boulevard Joseph Poulenc (Google Maps)
Racing highlights
  • KM 30
    GPM - Côte de Saint Martin Valmeroux
  • KM 57.7
    GPM - Côte de Marmanhac
  • KM 66.5
    GPM - Côte de Saint Simon
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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 in 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.

Espalion main city crossroads of North Aveyron, is the essential passage of many tourists and Aveyron wishing to join the Lot valley or access the Aubrac plateau. Located in the centre of the Toulouse, Clermont-Ferrand, Montpellier triangle, the city of Espalion enjoys a privileged location in the North Aveyron.
Crossed from east to west by the Lot, which originates in a peat bog area, on the southern slope of the Goulet en Lozère mountain and flows into the Garonne, it extends into the valley and surrounding valleys, climbing on one side the slopes of the Monts d’Aubrac and overflowing on the other side on the Causses plateau.
Due to its geographical location and its numerous commercial, artisanal and administrative activities, Espalion aims to be the “economic lung” of Haut Rouergue. Espalion, a symbol of the sweetness of life, is also called “the first smile of noon”.

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