Saturday, July 8th – Stage 8
Mountain Passes and Hills:
Km 101.5 – Col de la Joux-6.1 kilometer-long climb at 4.7% – category 3
Km 138.5 – Côte de Viry (748 m)-7.6 kilometer-long climb at 5.2% – category 2
Km 175.5 – Côte de la Combe de Laisia-Les Molunes (1 202 m)-11.7 kilometer-long climb at 6.4% – category 1
Last Km: 187.5 km
Dole / Station des rousses
“Made in Jura”, that’s how this stage could be qualified as it will take place entirely in that area. On this part of the Jura mountain range, the climbs will offer a good opportunity to breakaway riders at their best. Last of the three climbs on the menu, the Côte de la Combe de Laisia Les Molunes, and its summit just 11kms from the finish, will be a perfect scene for the best of them to make a difference.
Sub-prefectures: Dole, Saint-Claude
Surface: 5000 km²
Specialties: Comté (cheese), Vache qui rit (cheese in portions), Yellow wine (the only wine made with Savagnin grape), toys, Saint-Claude pipes, watchmaking, eyewear, boissellerie, industrial subcontracting
Sport events: La Forestière (a 40 to 100 km mountain bike race, a French reference in this field), the Transjurassienne (a must for Nordic skiing in France), Tour du Jura cyclist (recently registered in the professional UCI Europe Tour 2.2 calendar).
Cultural events: Festival Idéklic (Moirans-en-Montagne), Moulin de Brainans, Circus and Fanfare (Dole), festival by word of mouth (Music in Petite Montagne), NoLogo festival, The Rendez-vous of the Adventure (Lons-le-Saunier).
Economy: plasturgy, chemistry, food industry, turning, subcontracting luxury industry, eyewear, watchmaking, construction wood, livestock, four seasons tourism, hydrotherapy, automobile and aeronautics subcontracting, viticulture, cheeses.