While a Russian duo formed of Egor Silin and Yuriy Trofimov looked like being on their way to another triumph for Katusha, Lieuwe Westra took his revenge twenty-four hours after missing out on the stage win against Jan Bakelants in Poisy. The Dutchman imposed himself in the queen stage at Finhaut-Emosson but the most spectacular action occurred behind him when Alberto Contador attacked with two kilometers to go to dethrone Chris Froome and take the yellow jersey for eight seconds with one day to go into the 66th Critérium du Dauphiné.
CDD 2014 - Etape 7 - Ville-la-Grand / Finhaut-Emosson - 14/06/2014 - Wilco KELDERMAN (BEL) maillot blanc de leader du classement du meilleur jeune sur le podium © / G.Demouveaux
Known in Latin as Villa and Villa Magna, then in 16th century French as “Ville-Magne”, the town of Ville-la-Grand takes its name from a large villa, a smallholding founded by a rich nobleman rewarded by Julius Caesar, when the leaders of the time reigned over the Allobrogie area. Established along the route of the Roman road leading to Chablais, it quickly became the hub of a significant Gallo-Roman village. Ville-la-Grand now has more than 8,000 inhabitants and forms part of the Annemasse-Les Voirons Communauté de Communes. A border town, only ten minutes from Geneva, it offers both the advantages of urban comfort and proximity to the countryside, particularly the vineyards. Situated between the lakes and the mountains, it has managed to retain a village feel thanks to many popular events such as the Military Music Festival in September and the Foire au Bouilli in October. “Ville-la-Grand, tout simplement”, the town's logo, captures the spirit of this town which has kept its village soul.
Situated on the edge of the Valais, on the Forclaz road connecting Martigny to Chamonix, Finhaut clings to a vertiginous cliff, in a clearing surrounded by coniferous forests. It is nature at its rawest. The 450 fearless inhabitants have accepted the challenge of surviving at an altitude of 1,250m. Because the village is south-facing, at least they have the sun on their side. From 1890 to the present day, this Alpine commune has been marked by a series of major developments relating to transport, hotels and tourism as well as hydro-electric energy. The construction of a railway, major hotels, the Barberine and Vieil Emosson dams, the transformation of hotels into apartments, and the introduction of modern telecommunications, avalanche protection, and a water treatment and pump storage plant at Nant de Drance (awarded the “Chantier du Siècle” prize for the Valais), are all testimony to the dynamism of the local area. Today it is Finhaut that will be playing host to the Critérium du Dauphiné on its amazing Emosson slope, having already welcomed the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de l'Avenir. Long live cycling!
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