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Stage 7 Preview

July 2, 2014
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FRIDAY, JULY 11TH – STAGE 7 – 234.5km

pernay / Nancy 

Tour de France Says:

It is not just the 234.5 km distance which will make this stage hard to control. There will be two tough climbs in the run-up to the finish. The gradient on one of them, five kilometres from the line, hits 8%. With this course, will the sprinters’ team take the reins of the race and risk seeing their leaders blow up on the last slopes? It remains to be seen. With two weeks of racing left, some teams may have started dosing their efforts by the time we reach this point. All in all, I expect to see quite a tactical stage culminating in a thrilling finale. The peloton should reach Nancy in pieces.

Intermediate sprint pernay / Nancy 234.5KM


Last km pernay / Nancy 234.5KM

Start: pernay

The first visit of the Tour to pernay was back in 1963 for the start of the 50th edition.
Despite the flat roads, Federico Bahamontes immediately attacked and distanced his main rivals by close to 1’30. Enough to worry Anquetil who had crashed early in the stage, but not quite good enough to stop the Frenchman from conquering a fourth crown. On that day, Eddy Pauwels had captured both the stage win and the overall lead. For the last two starts in pernay, the stages finished off with bunched sprints won by Mark Cavendish in  Montargis (2010), and then by young Peter Sagan in Metz (2012).

Stage town for the 6th time

Sub-prefecture of Marne (51)

Population : 25,000 inhabitants (Sparnaciens), 40,000 inhabitants in the 21 communes of the Pays de Champagne Community of Communes in pernay

Economy : champagne houses, businesses linked to champagne, world leader in tools (Virax), world leader in crop sprayers (Exel Industries)

Culture : Th‚ƒtre Gabrielle-Dorziat (Italian-style theatre registered as an historic monument), theatres/playhouses (Le Millesium, le Palais des Fˆtes). Summer music festivals (20 free concerts), Les Nuits de l’Avenue de Champagne (sound and lights show), Habits de LumiŠre (40,000 visitors in one weekend)

Sport : 85 associations in 40 disciplines, one football team in CFA2, a rugby team in F‚d‚rale 3, a roller hockey team in Nationale 1, pernay Vins de Champagne car rally, D‚fi l’Mania (motorbike rally)

Specialities : champagne, ratafi a, marc de champagne, pot‚e champenoise (French stew)

Sustainable Development : Local Agenda 21

Labels : a 3 flowers town, Internet city @@@, two stunning gardens, The Avenue de Champagne, named as a Site remarquable du Go–t (Site of remarkable fl avour) makes up one of the sites considered for the candidature ‘Coteaux, Maisons et Caves de Champagne’ by the UNESCO world heritage centre.

Finish: Nancy

Often visited by the Tour since 1905, the ®Ville aux Portes d’Or¯ (Golden Door City) remains in the memories of many after local hero Christophe Mengin came so close to glory. A crash in the last turn of the course prevented him from winning the stage in 2005. Lorenzo Bernucci had made the best of the wet conditions that day to earn his first and only success on the Tour. Another Italian rider had already impressed in the city well before him: despite only competing in three editions of the Tour de France, Fausto Coppi won in Nancy twice, in 1949 and 1952. A 100% record.

Stage town for the 17th time

Meurthe-et-Mosellle (54)

Population : 108,500 inhabitants (Nanc‚iens), 266,000 inhabitants in the 20 communes of the Urban Community of Greater Nancy

Economy : Economic centre of Lorraine (140,000 jobs) including life sciences (35,000 jobs), New technologies of information and communication (900 businesses) and the banking sector (home to 450 regional directorates).

University town (45,000 students)

Culture : Stanislas square (XVIII century, UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Craffe Gate (XIV century), The Ducal Palace (XVI century), Fine Art Museum, Mus‚e Lorrain, The cole de Nancy Museum. Events: Festival of Saint-Nicolas, Le Livre sur la Place, Nancy Jazz Pulsations, Rendez-vous at Stanislas square (sound and lights)

Sport : SLUC Nancy basketball (ProA), AS Nancy-Lorraine (League 2 football). Events: Stanislas Meet (athletics), Stanislas Sevens (International Rugby Sevens tournaments), Lorraine car rally

Specialities : bergamot, macaroons, mirabelle plums, lorraine pƒt‚, quiche lorraine

Sustainable Development : 200 km of cycle paths, tram, a high level bus service (ligne BHNS), car sharing

Label : City of Art and History, sustainable European Town


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