Ahead of his first participation to the Tour de France, Italian climber Fabio Aru resisted to the return of the sprinters to claim his first ever stage victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné after going clear off the peloton in the côte de Sécheras with 22km to go. It was a beautiful solo ride in the Rhône valley by the Italian climber who has plenty more to offer on French roads.
“I do this job for having fun on the bike. I take things as they come. This is my third participation to the Dauphiné. The past two years, I didn't have fun. I suffered a lot. But this time around, everything goes well so far. I manage to get good results, like today. Wearing the white jersey is an additional satisfaction.”
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Criterium du Dauphine 2016 - 08/06/2016 - Etape 3 - Boën-sur-Lignon/ Tournon-sur-Rhône (187,5 km) - ARU Fabio (ASTANA PRO TEAM) - Vainqueur de l'étape © A.Broadway
In the centre of the Loire department, well known to football fans for the Verts and Geoffroy Guichard, Boën-sur-Lignon in the heart of the Forez region is a great place to live where sports and outdoor activities are part of daily life. Its leisure park is worth a visit: its multi-purpose stadium, bowling alley, fitness trail and zip line are some of the great activities on offer. The town is part of the Pays d'Astrée area where there are many clubs and associations, top-quality sports facilities and the indisputable natural assets that make it a fabulous playground for outdoor sports lovers: canyoning on the River Dardanet and the 38-m Ligeay waterfall, climbing, fishing, horse riding and hiking on the many circuits such as the Amasis, Belizar, Céladon and Cléontine trails. Without forgetting cycling of course: mountain biking, road biking, solo, with a club, with the family, in the flat plains or across the hills of Monts du Forez, go and explore all the sporting possibilities that the Pays d'Astrée has to offer!
The town welcomes you to the heart of the Rhône Valley and the Hermitage-Tournonais area. The majestic Château-Musée marking the kingdom of the Tournon Counts, will take you by surprise, sitting on its granite perch. Café terraces offer you splendid views over the Rhône. There are regular exhibitions. In 2016, the contemporary artist Ghyslain Bertholon will be the guest of honour from 11th June to 3rd October. At the foot of the Château, the cool streets of the historic centre will take you back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as you discover independent hotels and the school founded in 1536 by the Cardinal of Tournon, one of the oldest in France. Tournon can also boast of its fascinating technical history, featuring as it does Marc Séguin's foot bridge, a major innovation in the history of suspended bridges. The ViaRhôna, the famous cycle path, crosses the town from North to South. A safe car-free route, it allows users to enjoy the countryside, alternating between the orchards and vineyards for which the region is famous.
Jersey wearers after the stage 7
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