Twenty-four hours after Yuriy Trofimov in Gap, another Katusha rider claimed a valuable solo victory at the Dauphiné as Simon Spilak was the only man to survive a long-lasting breakaway that kept Chris Froome under pressure. In the last thirty kilometers, Alberto Contador put the yellow jersey wearer in difficulty and the fight for the white jersey brought Wilco Kelderman closer on GC at only twelve seconds in the same time as Contador. What a spectacle!
CDD 2014 - Etape 5 - Sisteron - La Mure - 12/06/2014 - Simon SPILAK (KAT) échappé en solitaire © / B.Papon
One of Haute-Provence's real treasures, Sisteron will once again be in the limelight when it plays host to the start of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Located between the Alps and Southern France, between the regions of Dauphiné and Provence, the birthplace of poet Paul Arène is an attractive town boasting 300 days of sunshine per year. It is also an indulgent place with regional produce, including tender lamb and sweet apples, which is held in high esteem by gourmets. Well rooted in its rich history, symbolised by its monumental citadel with a dungeon dating from the 12th century, it has also moved with the times. Sisteron is crossed by the River Durance, whipped up by the mistral and lit up by the bright light of the Haut Pays Provençal. Sisteron and the surrounding area, the gateway to Provence, lies around the Durance and the valleys formed by its tributaries. The resulting diversity of landscapes makes it a region with exceptional natural and man-made heritage.
La Mure, located 65km north of Gap and 40km south of Grenoble, is the administrative capital of Matheysine, the Pays de Corps and the Valbonnais. The town's reputation has been built upon its mining history, its vertiginous tourist railway, the family ski resort, lakes (yachting, diving, fishing ...), mountains, the Passerelles Himalayennes, the via ferrata, its bungee jumping centre ... and its champion, Anatole Nowak, the “Giant of La Mure”, Anquetil's team mate. Situated at the crossroads of history, the town sits on the famous Route Napoléon, the road used by the Emperor after his exile to Elba and on the Prairie de la Rencontre, marking Napoleon's Hundred Days and his triumphant return to Paris. The story of one Emperor, and another of a Saint, Pierre-Julien Eymard and the pilgrimages to the La Salette sanctuary! A remarkable area, both for its history and its people, its extensive panoramas and its gastronomic traditions with their singsong names: “brouquetons”, “murçons”, etc.
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