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Tour de France 2005 – Stage 18

Tour de France 2005 route map
Stage 18 – Thursday, July 21: Albi – Mende, 189 km

After the Pyrenees stages, the Tour goes over even another mountains – Massif Central in the middle of France. And this stage is for long escaper… in 1995, Laurent Jalabert won Stage12, after a long escape and climb over Côte de la Croix Neuve, finished in Mende – it was a memorable Bastille Day stage victory.

Additionaly, in the middle of this stage, the Tour will have a sideways glance of Millau Viaduct, the world’s tallest bridge across the Tarn valley – 240 meters high.
For Google Earth, there is a Geobloggers KML to grab the nearest 50 geotagged Flickr Photos, so I easily found the place mark of a good flickr photo placemark of Millau Viaduct – it is included in the route map.

Millau Viaduct
http://bridgepros.com/projects/Millau_Viaduct/
Geobloggers KML to grab the nearest 50 geotagged Flickr Photos
http://www.geobloggers.com/feeds/flickr.kml
flickr photo placemark of Millau Viaduct
http://www.flickr.com/photos/93777901@N00/5817254/

**See Google Earth + Flickr Hack discussion for more info about this flickr photo KML.
http://www.flickr.com/groups/topic/50193/

Finish map:
http://www.jsports.co.jp/style/tour2005/images/stage/18.jpg

Stage 18 info:
http://www.letour.fr/2005/TDF/LIVE/us/1800/index.html
http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/2005//tour05/?id=stages/tour0518
http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/tdf2005/index

Enjoy,

nagoyan the earthhoper
http://earthhopper.seesaa.net/

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