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July 2, 2014
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SATURDAY, JULY 12TH – STAGE 8 – 161km

Tomblaine / G‚rardmer La Mauselaine

Tour de France Says:

We are now in the Vosges and, if I may say so, this is where the chips come down. Three off-the-wall days of racing in this region, three short but different stages which reflect our desire to force riders to adapt their strategies. What can we expect from this stage? A frenzied start in which breakaway specialists will seek to capitalise on the flat 130 kilometres which open the stage before the mountain goats come out to play! The menu features three difficulties: the Croix des Moinats, the Col de Grosse Pierre “revisited” with sections at over 15% and the final climb to La Mauselaine, in G‚rardmer (1.8 km at 10.3%). The favourites will have nowhere to hide. However, it is entirely possible for a long breakaway to hang on and take the stage win.

Mountain passes & hills Tomblaine / G‚rardmer La Mauselaine 161KM

  • Km 142.0 – Col de la Croix des Moinats (891 m)
    7.6 kilometre-long climb at 6% – category 2
  • Km 150.0 – Col de Grosse Pierre (901 m)
    3 kilometre-long climb at 7.5% – category 2
  • Km 161.0 – C“te de La Mauselaine
    1.8 kilometre-long climb at 10.3% – category 3


  • Intermediate sprint Tomblaine / G‚rardmer La Mauselaine 161KM
  • Km 100.0 – DINOZ

Last km Tomblaine / G‚rardmer La Mauselaine 161KM

Start: Tomblaine

This neighbouring common of Nancy entered the club of stage towns of the Tour de France in 2012. It also hosts the Marcel Picot Stadium, home to the AS Nancy-Lorraine football club. It was here that Michel Platini made his professional debut. After a tremendous career, he organised his jubilee there in the spring of 1988:
a game that would include Pel‚, Diego Maradona and Platini, three of the best players of all time. Platini and Maradona on the pitch and Pel‚ watching from the stands.

Stage town for the 2nd time

Capital of Meurthe-et-Moselle (54)

Population : 8,000 inhabitants (Tomblainois). One in three residents is less than 19 years old

Economy : The airfi eld in Grand Nancy takes up 28% of Tomblaine, the Ateliers CINI produce prototypes for the automobile and aeronautics industries

Culture : renovation of the oldest building in the town, the old farm at the school of agriculture where Pasteur stayed and worked for several weeks, Espace Culturel Jean JaurŠs (theatres and sports halls), Lorraine Regional

Sports Hall. Festival: Aux Actes Citoyens (theatre)

Sport : one in four people is a member of a sports club, l’AS Nancy-Lorraine (football, League 2) plays at the Marcel Picot Stadium, Tomblaine Basketball Club (regional level), Go-karting circuit Kart’eam, Lido Swimming pool

Specialities : mirabelle plums, bergamot. Ancient market gardens

Sustainable Development : 19 km of cycle paths, 17 hectares in the heart of the city on the Œle du Foulon and the Œle de l’Encensoir classed as a Sensitive Natural Area

Label : Child friendly town


Finish: G‚rardmer La Mauselaine

The city owes its nickname, the ‘Pearl of the Vosges’, to Abel Hugo, brother of Victor who had been moved by the beauty of the lake just by the town. The memory of Gerardmer must also be moving for Pieter Weening who captured the greatest win of his career after a stage in Germany and France that had started in Pforzheim during the 2005 Tour. The young Dutchman had beaten to the line his only rival on the day, Andreas Kloden, by just 0,0002 of a second!

Stage town for the 2nd time

Capital of Vosges (88)

Mountain tourist resort

Maximum altitude: 1,140 metres

Population : 9,250 inhabitants (G‚romois). 20,000 visitors at its peak winter period

Economy : First tourist office in France (created in 1875), winter sports resort: La Mauselaine (alpine skiing) and Les Bas Rupts (nordic skiing), hotels and restaurants, many top chefs, wood and textile industries

Culture : Traditional farmhouse from the XVI century called Immeuble Chevroton, Congress Centre. Fantastic’ Arts (international fantastic fi lm festival, 21st edition 2014), Rencontres du Cin‚ma (18th edition en 2014), Daffodils festival (next edition spring 2015)

Sport : alpine ski (free shuttle, 21 pistes, 12 ski lifts, 2 chair lifts), nordic skiing (30 km of pistes), ski jumping, G‚rardmer Triathlon X Terra. Sports complex (ice skating and pool)

Specialities : blueberry pie, mirabelle plums, tofailles (stewed potatoes), chique (white cheese with garlic and chives), smoked meats, potato pancakes, lorraine pat‚

Labels : 3 flowers, Famille Plus (recognised to cater well for families)

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