IN PICTURES. Tour de France 2024: Villeneuve-sur-Lot is transformed to host the Grande Boucle

IN PICTURES. Tour de France 2024: Villeneuve-sur-Lot is transformed to host the Grande Boucle
IN PICTURES. Tour de France 2024: Villeneuve-sur-Lot is transformed to host the Grande Boucle

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Villeneuve-sur-Lot is hosting the Tour de France this Thursday, more than 20 years after its last visit. From this Wednesday, from the city centre to La Myre-Mory, the whole town was abuzz with preparations for the great popular festival.

All hands on deck throughout the city on Wednesday, July 10. From early in the morning, the pound patrolled the avenues and streets of the bastide to remove the last cars and leave the way open for the municipal teams. In the space of a day, they transformed the heart of Villeneuve into a big circus dedicated to the Tour de France.

The “prune village” under construction.
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The motorhomes are already positioned near the finish line, along Avenue d’Agen.
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The Myre-Mory site, whose gymnasiums are ready to welcome hundreds of media from all over the world, was emptied to accommodate all the ASO equipment from 4 o’clock this Thursday morning – stands, stopwatch and vehicle parking. At the other end of Avenue d’Agen, all the paraphernalia dedicated to the events has been installed. On the François-Mitterrand park, a partners’ area will be alongside games and inflatable structures – so as not to be stuck against the barriers of the last two kilometers all day. But it is in the heart of the city that the bulk of the festivities have been deployed.

Giant screens were positioned in the heart of the city to promote the Lot Valley and follow the race live.
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The shops played the game by decorating their facades with balloons, jerseys and bicycles!
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3,000 banners for “the cradle of the prune”

In the car park of the Republic, behind the war memorial, the teams of the Interprofessional Prune Bureau and all the prune companies have been busy setting up the “village” dedicated to the black gold of Villeneuvois. The plum oven, which will be in operation all day, is already in place. Elsewhere, between the giant Yellow Jersey displayed on the Tower of Paris and the shops decorated especially for the event, space has been made to accommodate rides but also, throughout the day, bands, majorettes, velocipedes, and artistic strolls.

The stage that will host the Saults concert, at 9:30 p.m., in full assembly in the park of the Saint-Cyr hospital.
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The first cyclists showed up around 6 p.m. yesterday, just a little before the parade the next day.
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Keep your eyes peeled, the events are marked by yellow signs but especially by the 3,000 banners “Villeneuve Vallée du Lot, cradle of the prune”. In purple, it goes without saying. Nearly 25 years after its last visit to the banks of the Lot, the City was keen to pull out all the stops. Let the party begin!

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