Hautacam is a ski resort in the French Pyrenees . It is located in the Hautes-Pyrénées department , in the Occitania region , near the municipality of Argelès-Gazost and the pilgrimage site of Lourdes . The ski station is located at an altitude of 1560 meters.
Tour de France
Hautacam was the first destination in 1994 for a stage of the Tour de France that was won by Luc Leblanc . On the long climb, Miguel Induráin was able to distance all of his main competitors for the Maillot Jaune and was only overrun by Leblanc at the end. In 1996 Bjarne Riis forced the preliminary decision of the overall standings on the stage to Hautacam by outpacing all opponents with a series of attacks and securing victory. In 2000 , Javier Otxoa was the winner in Lourdes-Hautacam. The then runner-up Lance Armstrong took the lead in the overall standings, which he should not give up.