This Friday, August 5, it is the municipality of Lacq which welcomed the arrival of the time trial by teams launched from Artiguelouve. A journey of 27.4 kilometers…
This Friday, August 5, it is the municipality of Lacq which welcomed the arrival of the time trial by teams launched from Artiguelouve. A 27.4 kilometer long journey, attacked from 9 a.m. and connected in just half an hour (31 minutes for the fastest) at an average speed of 49 km/h.
In Lacq, the town has gone into overdrive to host this competition involving the very best in world women’s cycling.
Women’s sport in the spotlight
The members of the municipal team present in front of the finish line are very proud of the result, like Councilor Aimeline Rey-Bethbeder: « We are really very happy to welcome this first stage of the women’s first round. International of the Pyrenees. Six months ago, when we agreed to engage with the organizers, women’s cycling did not yet have the visibility it has had since the last Tour de France. This enthusiasm is confirmed again this morning and we are proud to participate. »
A tribute to women’s sport which is also accompanied, for the host municipality, by a strong desire to modify its long industrial image in favor of a more sporting reputation.
A point on which the mayor, Didier Rey, did not fail to express himself: « It is good that we are talking about the village of Lacq for reasons other than its industrial past, or its clouds of smoke . People who know me know that I like cycling very much, but today it is above all women’s sport that is in the spotlight and I thank the women of my municipal team who convinced me of the importance of the event. »
The round is on
Historically Lacq is not at its trial run on the cycling side. Jean-Claude Larrecq, president of the Criterium Organization Association (AOC) could testify to this, with almost 30 years devoted to the organization of prestigious races and in particular eight editions of the Lacq-Andéjos criterium.
A meeting where the biggest clashed and whose first deputy, Gervais Cillaire, keeps some memories: “We had real sizes like Romain Bardet or Christopher Froome, in 2015 and stars like Alberto Contador, in 2011. It was a desire of the organizers to poach these great riders after the Tour de France so that the public could see them up close”.
This Friday morning, in Lacq, the atmosphere was more confidential. The first arrivals, around 10 a.m., are applauded by a handful of spectators, while the organizers are busy preparing for the day.
We had to wait until the very end of the morning and the arrival of the last teams to become aware of the world drained by the event. At 11:30 a.m., nearly 300 people gathered around the podium to applaud the winning team, EF Education-TIBCO-SVB, and the first yellow jersey of the event, Emily Newsom. That’s it, the turn is on!