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Stage 6 Preview

July 2, 2014
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Arras / Reims

Tour de France Says:

I have already talked of teams built around sprinters… Well then, I would not be surprised to see a breakaway stick on the day after the cobblestones stage, as we continue to commemorate the centenary on the roads of the Battle of the Somme and the Chemin des Dames. Yes, this is a stage for the brave, with lots of twists and turns towards the end, so the wind could also play a role… If attackers happen to come up short, a power sprinter may prevail on the long, leg-breaking false flat on the final straight. Last year’s Kittel and Greipel would have had lots of fun here.

Intermediate sprint Arras / Reims 194KM

  • Km 119.0 – PINON

Last km Arras / Reims 194KM

Start: Arras

An important trade fair city in the Middle Age, Arras welcomed thousands of traders on its Grand’Place. Nowadays the biggest pop and rock artists, from Prince to Sting but also the Black Eyed Peas or Ben Harper, are present there for the Main Square Festival. Just before its creation, Johnny Hallyday had also performed there, but only behind the steering wheel of a 4 by 4 car at the start of the 2002 Dakar Rally. The pack of the Tour also took off from the square in 1991 for a stage heading to Le Havre where Thierry Marie had conquered the Yellow Jersey, and a team time-trial in 2004.

Stage town for the 3rd time

Pas-de-Calais (62)

Population : 45,000 inhabitants (Arrageois) and 102,000 in the 39 communes of the urban community of Arras

Economy : food research, agribusiness and logistics sector. H„agen-Dazs factory, Caterpillar, an offshoot of the University of Artois

Culture : belfry, Arras Citadel, Abbey Towers of Mont Saint-loi, Museum of Fine Arts, the CarriŠre Wellington (site retracing the Battle of Arras from the First World War), City of Nature. Festivals: Main Square festival, (rock ?n’roll), Arras Film Festival (European Film Festival), Faites de la Chanson (festival of French song), Histoires et rˆves d’Artois, sound and light show

Sport : Arras pays d’Artois women’s basketball league, Arras women’s football club in league 1, canoe-kayak club

Specialities : Arras sausage, le Coeur d’Arras (cheese), le Bleu d’Arras, porcelain painting Sustainable Development: 40 km of cycle lanes, self service bicycles for students, Ma Citadine, a free of charge town shuttle, Trame verte et bleue de l’Arrageois (improvement of towpaths into walking areas)

Labels : a 4 fl owers city, Belfry and Citadel ? UNESCO world heritage sites

Finish: Reims

The kings of France were crowned in Reims for close to a millenary. Later, cycling world champions witnessed glory there: Theo Middelkamp in 1947 and Ercole Baldini in 1958. It was also during that 1958 edition of the Worlds that the first rainbow jersey was awarded to a woman, Luxemburg’s Elsy Jacobs. On the Tour de France, the last three finishes in the champagne capital were won after a bunched sprint, by Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (1991), Robbie McEwen (2002) and Alessandro Petacchi (2010), all three would go on to win the Tour’s points classification.

Stage town for the 12th time

Sub-prefecture of the Marne (51)

Population : 188,100 inhabitants (R‚mois), 236,000 in Reims M‚tropole

Economy : Champagne Houses (120 kms of cellars), Cristal Union (sugar), Valeo (automotive equipment), Forbo Sarlino (fl ooring), University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (22,000 students), Neoma Business School

Culture : cathedral, Saint-R‚mi Abbey, Palace of Tau (UNESCO world heritage sites), Cathedral towers and Palace of Tau registered in the Centre des monuments nationaux, Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Surrender. Festivals: Fˆtes Johanniques in honour of Joan of Arc, Sacres du Folklore Folk Festival, Les Flƒneries musicales, music festival, A summer in the town, Festival

Elektricity (electronic music), Reims Jazz Festival, Les Bisqueers roses (LGBT) Reims ScŠnes d’Europe, No‰ls de Champagne

Sport : Stade de Reims (football League 1), CCRB – Club Chƒlons-Reims Basketball (Pro B), Rallye Monte-Carlo historique, International Show Jumping, FISE Experience (extreme sports), ‘Reims … toutes jambes’ (fi ve races on foot including a marathon). Events: French Athletics Championships (11-13 July)

Specialities : champagne, gingerbread, pink biscuits, Reims ham, Clovis mustards and vinegars

Sustainable Development : more than 100 km of cycle lanes, tram

Labels : City of Art and History, a 4 flowers city


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