What a great time trial at the Dauphiné! The world champion Tony Martin overcame sickness right on time to deliver one of his best performances against the clock ever. The German preceded the unexpected neo pro Rohan Dennis who pursued the dream of young Australians to conquer the world. One year after Luke Durbridge won the prologue of the Dauphiné in Grenoble, Dennis amazed everyone by beating Chris Froome for second place. Therefore, the 23 year old from Adelaide jumped into the yellow-blue jersey ahead of the mountain stages for which Froome appears to being the hot favorite after he...Read more Key moments
The town is situated in the heart of the Dombes, the land of a thousand lakes, a fragile equilibrium between agriculture, fishing and hunting. At its centre is the imposing feudal mound topped with a brick tower. This is the “poype”, a medieval edifice whose significance is not entirely clear. The Romanesque church has been restored in the “dombist” style, an ancient way of construction alternating bricks and stone, and is also worth a visit. A tourist stop at Villars-les-Dombes is also provides an opportunity to discover the local gastronomy, with restaurants featuring numerous local products. The town has been awarded the “Station Verte de Vacances” label and also provides fishing fans with the chance to linger on the banks of Lake Chaffaud, or to relax in the many shady sites along the River Chalaronne. A number of beautiful walks and bike rides start at the Indigo Campsite, allowing visitors to discover the unique landscape of the Dombes for themselves.
Parc des Oiseaux
Situated in the department of Ain, halfway between Lyon and Bourg-en-Bresse, the 35 hectares of the Parc des Oiseaux boasts one of the most beautiful and richest collections of birds presented in wildlife parks in Europe. From its location in the heart of the Dombes, for the past forty years the park has invited visitors to travel the world through birds. More than 3,000 birds can be observed from the five continents, representing 18 of the 25 orders which make up the ornithological world. From the Australian bush, to the valley of birds of prey, to the African plains, our birds live in meticulously reconstructed environments which replicate their original habitats as closely as possible. A visit to the park wouldn't be complete without viewing the most beautiful bird show in the world, featuring more than 150 birds. Visitors can also hand-feed more than 300 rainbow lorikeets, small, multi-coloured parrots, inside the biggest walk-in aviary in Europe.
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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