As the Tour enters the Pyrenees, the pace should increase and the race enter a new dimension. The climb to the Col d'Aspin will be the only theater of battle on the day… in terms of climbing! But the descent, as splendid as it is technical, heading to the Lac de Payolle will also be a decisive exercise.
A land of rugby with a club having seen the debuts of future internationals Jean-Claude Skrela and Patrick Tabacco, L'Isle-Jourdain will enter the circle of Tour stage cities. At the heart of the seventies, neighboring town Auch welcomed the pack on three occasions. In 1975, Eddy Merckx, wearing the Yellow Jersey, had claimed a time-trial taking off from Fleurance. One didn't yet know that it would be the 34th and last stage success of the Cannibal on the Tour.