MONDAY, JULY 18TH – STAGE 16 – 209km
Profile Moirans-en-Montagne / Berne 209KM
Mountain passes & hills Moirans-en-Montagne / Berne 209KM
- Km 183.5 – Côte de Mühleberg1.2 kilometre-long climb at 4.8% – category 4
Intermediate sprint Moirans-en-Montagne / Berne 209KM
- Km 167.5 – INS/ANET
Last km Moirans-en-Montagne / Berne 209KM
The little common of the Jura area is however a capital: the capital of toys.
Its industry has benefited of several industrial relocations while visitors mainly come in numbers to discover the museum of toys and its collection of 20,000 objects coming from around the world. The start could inspire a rider with a rather playful spirit: Alexis Vuillermoz, winner in 2015 at Mûr de Bretagne and originally from the neighboring city of Saint-Claude.
Stage town for the 1st time
County town in a canton of Bourgcentre within the Jura Sud (39)
2,355 inhabitants (Moirantins), 7,500 inhabitants within the 17 communes comprising the Jura Sud municipality
271,000 inhabitants in the Jura
Economy: Toy industry, automotive and medical industries, crafts, local knowledge, woodworking college, nursing home, retirement home, tourism (Lake Vouglans and dam, beaches, Via Ferrata du Regardoir, outdoor activities, hiking)
Culture: church (15th century), Gallo-Roman sanctuary of Villards d’Héria, Toy Museum, Ludythèque (children’s play centre), residence for artists. Festivals: Idéklic (International Festival for Children), Christmas in Toy Country
Sport: Jura Sud Foot (football, CFA). Events: Tour du Jura (cycling), Gentleman Alexis Vuillermoz (ride in tribute to the winner of the eighth stage of the 2015 Tour de France at Mûr-de-Bretagne), Enduro des Lacs (motocross), French Karting Championship, Lac de Vouglans Triathlon
Specialities: Dishes based on Comté cheese and Jura wines. Wood turning, toys
Sustainable development: More than 300km of walking trails in the heart of Haut-Jura Regional Park and the Lake District, proposals for greenways
Distinctions: Listed as an arts and crafts town (VMA), green resort, tourist resort, tourism and the disabled award
Signatures : Moirans-en-Montagne, the capital of toys. Jura Sud, childfriendly region
After other major Swiss cities like Zurich, Geneva and Basel, already visited by the Tour, 2016 will see the appearance of the federal capital of Switzerland on the race course. However Berne has already brought its contribution to the Tour.
Indeed, one of its children, Fabian Cancellara has been in recent times the most regular wearer of the Yellow Jersey without however winning it, with 29 days spent in command of the race.
Stage town for the 1st time
Federal capital of the Swiss confederation
140,000 inhabitants (Bernois)
Economy: Largest industrial sector in Switzerland, headquarters of many multinational companies (Swatch, Swisscom, Ebay), luxury goods (watches), food (Nestlé, Emmental cheese, Toblerone, biscuits Kambly). University (17,000 students). Tourism
Culture: Zytglogge clock tower (16th century), collegiate church (Münster, 15th century), Federal Palace, Paul Klee Centre, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Communications, Museum of History, Natural History Museum, Einstein’s house, Bear Pit, the rose garden. Festivals: International Jazz Festival, Gurtenfestival (pop and rock music), Buskers Bern (street theatre)
Sport: Berner Sportclub Young Boys (football, super league), Schlittschuh Club Bern (ice hockey). Events: Grand Prix of Berne (running race, 35,000 participants), Schweizer Frauenlauf (women’s running race, 15,000 participants)
Specialities: Vineyards on the northern shore of Lake Biel
Sustainable development: Bike hire (Bern rollt), car-sharing scheme (Mobility), public transport (bus and trams), Route du Coeur (45km) and Route de l’Aar (47km) cycle routes
Distinction: Berne’s old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site