Edvald Boasson Hagen claimed his fourth stage win at the Critérium du Dauphiné since 2010 as he outsprinted Frenchmen Julian Alaphilippe and Nacer Bouhanni in the slightly uphill finish at Belley. The Norwegian national champion therefore equaled the number of victories of his compatriot Thor Hushovd who imposed himself once a year from 2003 to 2006. Alberto Contador retained the yellow-blue jersey ahead of three mountainous conclusive stages.
“The last kilometers were really nervous. Everybody wanted to come to the front fighting for a good position. I was in a really good position. My team did a great job for me. It was a good day for the team because Maxime Bouet was in the breakaway. In the finale, I think with two kilometers to go, a Cofidis rider crashed just next to me on my right hand side. I hope he's OK. With 1km to go, I was probably a bit too far behind because I had to brake earlier to avoid the crash. It made me...
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Criterium du Dauphine 2016 - 09/06/2016 - Etape 4 - Tain-l'Hermitage/ Belley (176km) - BOASSON HAGEN Edvald (TEAM DIMENSION DATA) - Vainqueur de l'étape a Belley © ASO/A.Broadway
Tain l'Hermitage is a great place to live. Situated on the banks of the Rhône, far from the hustle and bustle, its charming, sun-drenched quaysides and old town centre, packed with history (Autel du Taurobole, Hôtel des Courbis, Tour des Adrets, 15th century salt stores, the Rue de la Voûte, etc.), await. Dominated by the slopes of the Hermitage, classified in 2013 as a national heritage site, the commune lives its life to the rhythm of the wine harvests, with its 138 hectares of vineyards, and gastronomy, with its famous chocolates, fleshy apricots and vibrant evening markets. The many shady terraces interspersed with fountains provide a welcome resting spot. Situated 90km from Lyon and 20km from Valence, the town is skirted by the mythical RN7 - the “Route des vacances” (Holiday Route). The port which was built on the river in 1997 means that tourist river crossings are a regular occurrence. Take the time to check out the Tain l'Hermitage website to stay-up-to-date with the many cultural and sporting activities offered by the commune and the Hermitage Tournonais region.
With a population of almost 9,500 Belley is a hub of industries, businesses and services essential to the Bugey Sud area. The town enjoys a great location in the south of Ain, close to the Savoie and Isère departments. The River Rhône is a natural border between the three departments and is the setting for many different sports activities: cycling on the ViaRhôna, rowing, canoeing, pleasure boating etc. All set against the Grand Colombier mountain range, the highest point in the Bugey area and a mecca for cyclists. The rich heritage of the town explains its role as historic and religious capital of the Bugey area with the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral, Episcopal Palace and the interior courtyards in many buildings including the house where Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin was born. The author of “The Physiology of Taste" has lent his name to the major annual gastronomy festival called Les Entretiens de Belley au pays de Brillat-Savarin. Belley is also known for its local specialities: its cheeses include the Tomme de Belley, a small, strong-flavoured goat's cheese, the Pavé d'Affinois and produce from the Kario Distillery.
Jersey wearers after the stage 7
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