Fans cheer on riders in the Tour de France as they pass through Mijanes in the French Pyrenees
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Le Tour conquers economic mountains

The road to the summit of Col de Pailheres and its place in the Tour de France plays a vital role in the economy of the small French district of Donezan.

Georges Vigneau, director of the Donezan Tourist Office, explains the value of the race and the cost of bringing it to the region.