Jesus Herrada of Movistar impressed by outsprinting his rivals uphill at Chalmazel-Jeansagnière as the main peloton caught the breakaway riders right at the end. Suspense was high but Alberto Contador kept the yellow-blue jersey despite Team Sky and BMC's attempts to put him in difficulty.
“There might be a sprint tomorrow but it'll be very different from the finish of stage 1 at Saint-Vulbas. There's a 3-km long hill where I'll have to hang on. I've won in those conditions before, notably during Paris-Nice this year but the climb is harder this time. Our team's goal is already fulfilled with a stage win and the green jersey seems quite far away for now. Let's start with overcoming tomorrow. It might be touchy again in the sprint, as it often is, but with the climbs in the...
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Critérium du Dauphiné 2016 - 07/06/2016 - Deuxième étape : Crêches-sur-Saône/Chalmazel-Jeansagnière (168 km) - Jesus Herrada (Movistar Team) a remporté l'étape à l'issue du sprint final © ASO/A.Broadway
Formerly known as Cropium, Crêches-sur-Saône marks the meeting point between the Mâcon and Beaujolais mountains. It's a small town that sits alongside the main road, the N6, but further back there are quieter, more rural hamlets with houses and farms built in pisé or rammed earth that rub shoulders with more modern buildings. 5 minutes from Mâcon-Loché TGV station and the A6 motorway, Crêches-sur-Saône is a dynamic town with a population of 3,000. Its economy revolves around business and its location draws it towards tourism. Many French and overseas visitors stay at the three-star campsite at the watersports centre to discover the peace and quiet alongside the River Saône, the famous local vineyards and historic buildings like the Châteaux in Estours and Thoiriat as well as Joug-Dieu, a former farm. There are also many places to visit in the immediate vicinity including Solutré Rock and Cluny Benedictine Abbey. Ideally positioned on the North-South route, Crêches-sur-Saône, its associations and the federation of municipalities are mobilised to provide the Critérium du Dauphiné with the best welcome.
Chalmazel - Jeansagnière
Are you looking for spectacular views? Meaningful encounters? Absolute tranquillity? Chalmazel-Jeansagnière is an unbeatable place to enjoy a huge breath of fresh air. Situated in the department of Loire, halfway between Saint-Étienne, Lyon and Clermont-Ferrand, this medium mountain resort is a full-scale natural playground for sports' enthusiasts. Come and enjoy a range of sports in both summer and winter: skiing, snow-shoe walking, snow-kiting, hiking (GR3 bis), mountain biking, rock climbing ... Dominated by Pierre-sur-Haute (1,634m), the village nestles against an unspoiled backdrop: the Hautes-Chaumes. These vast, high plateaux, consisting of moorland interspersed with peat bogs, are the birthplace of the Fourme de Montbrison, a blue-veined AOP cheese. Vast landscapes and a remarkable history (traditional housing known as “jasseries”, the medieval château of Marcilly Talaru, etc.): fans of the great outdoors will be delighted by the charms of this fun, family-friendly resort which is emblematic of Loire Forez.
Jersey wearers after the stage 7
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