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Stage 18 of the Tour de France 2019 is 207km from Embrun to Valloire. This mountain stage includes the Col de Vars, the Col d'Izoard, and the Col du Galibier.
Map of Stage 18, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France
|Date||Thursday 25th July 2019|
|Climbs||Col de Vars
Col du Galibier
The official Tour de France stage profile for Stage 18:
Profile of Stage 18, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France
Timings to follow.
Stage 18 of the 2019 Tour de France
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Embrun is a town in the Hautes-Alpes, at the northern end of the Lac de Serre-Ponçon. The name is a shortening of Eburodunum, meaning 'fortress where yew trees grow'.
There was a Celtic oppidum here, which became a Gallo-Roman settlement after the Roman conquest. In the Middle Ages, it was part of the county of Provence, then the Dauphiné. It became part of France in 1349, with the rest of the Dauphiné.
Embrun grew in the late 1950s, when a large number of workers were required for the creation of the artificial lake of Serre-Ponçon.
Agriculture here is concentrated on sheep (Sisteron lamb), wine under the Hautes-Alpes label, and apples.
Embrun (France) is twinned with Embrun (Canada).
The lac de Serre-Ponçon is an artificial lake, which was created by damming the river Durance, in the late 1950s (project finished 1961).
It is designed to prevent flooding which used to happen when the Durance burst its banks, and to produce hydro-electric power. It's also used for leisure activities.