TUESDAY, JULY 8TH – STAGE 4 – 163.5km
Tour de France says:
The English adventure is over. The Tour reaches French soil with a stage which will take the peloton from Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Lille. Truth be told, I think the sprinters will manage to lock down the race. This is one of the trends in modern cycling, even if we, as the organisers, would rather see more hectic racing. Nevertheless, riders at the top of the general classification will have to pull out all the stops to defend their position, which will determine the place for each team car behind the peloton in the next stage. The importance of this order will become apparent the moment a rider has a mechanical on the 15.4 km of cobblestones.
Intermediate sprint Le Touquet-Paris-Plage / Lille Mtropole 163.5KM
- Km 92.0 – CASSEL
Last km Le Touquet-Paris-Plage / Lille Mtropole 163.5KM
Start: Le Touquet-Paris-Plage
Among the nicknames given to the coastal resort, ‘Paradise of sports’ underlines the diversity of activities set up at Le Touquet. One of the oldest golf courses was designed there back in 1904, while Suzanne Lenglen won the local tennis tournament in 1913. Later, Thierry Sabine launched the Enduro bike race in 1975. The huge beaches and windy conditions inspired the creation of the sand yacht, a machine conceived by local man, Henry Demoury. The Tour stages at Le Touquet, in 1971 and 1976 saw the victories of Mauro Simonetti, and Freddy Maertens in a time-trial.
Stage town for the 3rd time
Town in Pas-de-Calais (62).
Resort on the Opal Coast
Population : 5,600 inhabitants (Touquettois). At its peak more than 250,000 visitors during the summer
Economy : Year-round tourism (70 restaurants, 1,200 rooms), camping, caravaning
Culture : 20 buildings classed as historic monuments, museum, lighthouse. Events: Pianos Folies, Book Fair, ArTouquet, International Festival of News
Sport : 51 sports clubs including TAC Cycling and TAC Cyclo Tourism, Touquet Tennis Club, Horse Society, golf, Blriot Club (sailing and sand yachting), Hockey Club, Volley Club, Touquet Classic Car Club, TAC Football. Sports
Events : Enduropale, Le Touquet – Pas-de-Calais Car Rally, Touquet Raid Pas-de-Calais, Opal Coast International Golf Pro-Am, Louis Blriot Cup, International Show Jumping Competition, International Hockey Tournament, Junior Davis Cup, Touquet-Paris-Plage Historique, France Polo Open, International Women’s Open Tennis
Specialities : moules-frites (mussels and chips), Welsh rabbit, ratte potatoes, soupe de poisson Prard (fish soup), Chat Bleu chocolates Sustainable Development : 20 km of cycle lanes, cycle hire, electric shuttles
Finish: Lille Mtropole
Through its geographical position, Lille played a major role in all the historical turning moments of the Flanders area. For the Tour, the Northern capital also represents a perfect entering point to the race, allowing the town to host the Grand Dpart in 1960 and 1994. Twenty years ago, a phenomenon from Great Britain had impressed on the prologue. Flying to victory for his very first appearance at the Tour, track specialist Chris Boardman established a record average speed of 55,152 km/h which still remains in the history books.
Stage town for the 17th time
Prfecture du Nord (59)
Population : 228,000 inhabitants in Lille (Lillois), 1,125,000 inhabitants in the 85 communes of the Metropole
Economy : six sectors of excellence: (new technologies/image,
textiles/fashion/design, bio/nutrition/health, distribution and distance selling, eco-activities, higher tertiary sector) six centres of excellence: Euralille, Eurasant, Haute-Borne, Euratechnologies, CETI (European Centre for
Innovative Textiles), Plaine Images
Culture : Citadelle Vauban, Lille old town, Palace of Fine Arts, La Piscine de Roubaix Museum), MUba Eugne Leroy, Opera, Thtre du Nord, National Orchestra, Concert d’Astre, braderie de Lille fl ea market
Sport : LOSC (football League 1), ESBVA-LM Basketball, LM Rugby, Roubaix Lille Mtropole (cycling). Events: Paris – Roubaix, Half-marathon, Route du Louvre, Euro 2016.
Specialities : carbonnade fl amande (Flemish stew), potjevleesch (potted meat), cheeses (Old-Lille, Maroilles), beers, juniper
Sustainable Development : V’Lille (self service bicycles), 500 km of cycle lanes, 428 bus, tram and metro lanes, the Mosaic gardens, Parc du Hron, Les Prs du Hem (natural parkland around a lake)
Labels : Lille and Roubaix, Towns of Art and History, the UNESCO world heritage belfries of Armentires, Comines, Lille and Loos