WEDNESDAY, JULY 16TH – STAGE 11 – 187.5km
Tour de France Says:
The stage after the first rest day. Does this herald the start of a new race? Perhaps… It depends on how things go. I expect it to be a very tight race, with the big favorites within three minutes of each other. Not enough to think the race is done and dusted, but still a sizable margin in the general classification. This is why we avoided widening the gaps with a time trial, for example, and we sought instead to create undulating stages to promote attacks. This stage could be one for the likes of Peter Sagan.
Intermediate sprint Besanon / Oyonnax 187.5KM
- Km 89.0 – CHARCIER
Last km Besanon / Oyonnax 187.5KM
The first stage finish in Besanon was to be a historical one. The riders had indeed climbed up the Ballon d’Alsace for the very first time. But the ‘city of time’ has naturally become a key place for time-trials. In 1963 for example, it was in Besanon that Jacques Anquetil, after conquering the overall lead in Chamonix added a final touch to his fourth triumph. In the same spirit, Bradley Wiggins confirmed his status as the boss of the Tour by shining on the Besanon time-trial where he captured his first stage success on the Tour de France.
Stage town for the 20th time
Population : 123,000 inhabitants (Bisontins) and 176,000 in the Community of Agglomeration of Greater Besanon (59 municipality)
Economy : clock making, microtechnology, nanotechnology, bio-medical
Culture : Two National theatres, City of Arts and Culture, Vauban Citadel, Museum of Time (clocks), Museum of Fine Art and Archeology, Birthplace of Victor Hugo, Cathedral Astronomic clock registered in the Centre des
monuments nationaux. Festivals: Orgue en ville, Jazz, Les petites fugues, Festival of Ancient Music, Les Mots Doubs, International Music Festival (competition for young conductors).
Sport : ESBF (women handball, fi rst division), ESBM (mens handball, second division). Events : Diagonale du Doubs (mountainbiking), European BMX Championships, Tour de Franche-Comt, National cyclo-cross challenge,
Chronostar Athletics Meet, Festival of Extreme Sports
Specialities : comt and cancoillotte cheese, cured meats, wines from Jura, coq au vin with wine and morels
Sustainable Development : 150 km of cycle paths, 220 selfservice bicycles, car share (12 cars), two taxibikes, tram (September 2014)
Labels : UNESCO world heritage site, City of Art and History, 3 flowers, 5 @, Child Friendly Town
What a year of sports it’s been for Oyonnax, a city that will welcome the Tour de France for the very first time and saw its rugby team promoted to the Top 14 league. In terms of cycling, the city has had the time to prepare after hosting the Criterium du Dauphin. During the last edition, Elia Viviani had made the best of the tough last part of the course to distance Thor Hushovd and Nacer Bouhanni, his expected rivals in case of a bunched sprint. The Italian eventually beat the future Green Jersey of the event, Gianni Meersman.
Stage town for the 1st time
Capital City of l’Ain (01)
Population : 23,000 inhabitants (Oyonnaxiens) and 58,000 in the Community of Communes of Haut-Bugey
Economy : 600 businesses in the Plastic Valley, European Centre of Plastics, Plastipolis centre of competition, wood industry, eyewear and hair ornaments
Culture : Saint-Lger church and monumental gate, the Saint-Michel Abbey in Nantua, Museum of the Resistance, monument des Maquis la prairie d’challon,The comb and plastics museum. Festival: Winter Festival. Tourist
Attractions : Lake Genin, Nantua Lake (green resort), Cize-Bolozon Viaduct and the Ain Gorges, Sylans glaciers, route des Sapins
Sport : US Oyonnax Rugby (Top 14), Les Enfants du Devoirs (gymnastics), Plastic Valley Football Club (inserfoot), La Forestire mountain biking, car rallying, Olympic swimming pool with a retractable roof, Christophe Lemaitre athletics stadium
Specialities : pike quenelles with a Nantua sauce, Cerdon (sweet sparkling rose wine), comt cheese with unpasturised milk, sausages with red wine
Sustainable Development : 10 km of newly created cycle paths, urban biomass boiler, hiking and mountainbiking routes, 5,400 trees in the city
Labels : City with the French Resistance Medal, Child friendly city