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Stage 16 Preview

June 26, 2013
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Tuesday, July 16th – Stage 16-168km
Vaison-la-Romaine / Gap

“Never will a rest day have been as well deserved! After the Ventoux, the riders will be able to breathe a little easier for 24 hours in the Vaucluse. It is a short respite, as another series of difficulties await them. This stage, for example: it’s only 168km, but this is testing terrain where the Tour has almost been lost in the past. You just have to look at the list of winners in Gap: Vinokourov, F‚drigo, Paulinho, Hushovd? I can also remember an attack made by Contador that messed up the strategy of the Schleck brothers? In short, this is a stage that will favor attacking riders. Some of them may get the opportunity to push themselves back into contention before the time trial…”

Stage profile Vaison-la-Romaine / Gap 168KM

Mountain passes & hills Vaison-la-Romaine / Gap 168KM
    ?    Km 17.5 – C“te de la Montagne de Bluye5.7 kilometer-long climb at 5.6% – category 3
    ?    Km 48.0 – Col de MacuŠgne (1 068 m)7.6 kilometer-long climb at 5.2% – category 2
    ?    Km 156.5 – Col de Manse (1 268 m)9.5 kilometer-long climb at 5.2% – category 2

Intermediate sprint Vaison-la-Romaine / Gap 168KM
    ?    Km 123.0 – VEYNES

Last km Vaison-la-Romaine / Gap 168KM

Start Vaison-la-Romaine:
At the foot of Mont Ventoux, Vaison-la-Romaine is the capital of the laid back life of Provence, at the heart of a green and generous environment.  It owes its fame mostly to its archeological sites including the ancient theatre and the Roman bridge.    As you stroll around you can discover the Our Lady of Nazareth Cathedral dating from the 13th century and its beautiful roman cloisters, or climb to the Haute-Ville, to the Castle of the Counts of Toulouse, who ruled the town.   With the Escapado program established by the Tourism Office there are numerous pedestrian, bicycle or driving routes that you can download onto your mobile.  Amongst the routes, connoisseurs will enjoy the different wines offering the delicious nectar of C“tes-du-Rh“ne et Ventoux.  A land of culture, Vaison-la-Romaine is also known for its dance festival, Vaison Danses, that is currently underway and continues until the end of July and that is followed at the beginning of August by the Choralies, organized every three years and bringing together 5,000 amateur and professional singers and musicians from around the world.
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Population: 6,500
Chef-lieu de canton of Vaucluse (84)
Specialties: wine, olive sausage.
Economy: tourism, wine, commerce.
Sport: Vaison-la-Romaine car rally, La Bacchanale (road race)  
Celebrities: Gnaeus Pompeius Trogus (Roman historian), Mimie Mathy (comedian), Clovis Cornillac (comedian)
Festivals: Crime novel festival (April), Brassens festival (April, May), Rencontres gourmandes (October), Choralies (August), Supervues (art, December).

Finish Gap
Capital of the Hautes-Alpes, a department dear to cyclists who dream of conquering its grand mythical cols (Agnel, Galibier, Granon, Izoard, etc.), Gap is situated on the Napoleonic route that in 2015 will celebrate 200 years of the return of the Emperor.  Capital of the Southern Alps, Gap easily combines the gentle energy of Provence with its lively and colorful city center and the purity of the Alps.  Today it is famous for its slogan Gap Nature which promotes several hiking trails around the town along with specially laid out routes for mountain biking.  Nearby Gap-Tallard offers globally recognized air sports facilities whilst the crags of C‚se are a reference point for thrill seekers following in the steps of Patrick Edlinger, an icon of rock climbing.  As for the golf course in Gap-Bayard, it offers both a wonderful view of the Vieux Chaillol, standing at more than 3,000 m and pure fresh air that golf lovers adore.
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Pop: 37,800
Hautes Alpes prefecture
Specialties: tourte du Champsaur, tomme (cheese), pƒt‚s, tourtons (pastries), ravioles de Gap (pasta), leg of lamb, apple.
Economy: services, garrison, tourism, building.
Motto: the gentle capital.
Sport: Rapaces de Gap (ice-hockey), Gap FC (football)
Celebrities: Napoleon, Guillaume Farel, Baron de la Doucette, Gilles Grimandi (football); Sebastien Ogier (rally driver),
Festivals: folk dancing festival, Gap en Fa Mi Sol jSummer), Fˆte de la ville de Gap (September)


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