Great show by the French climbers on the queen stage of the 68th Critérium du Dauphiné. Thibaut Pinot outsprinted Romain Bardet in Méribel after cresting the grueling col de la Madeleine in first position but Chris Froome limited the losses to retain the yellow-blue jersey by a margin of 21 seconds over Richie Porte and Bardet.
“I find it hard to realize what's happening because I only got good feelings at the end. I was struggling all day. Had I been told in the climb to La Madeleine that I was going to win, I wouldn't have believed it. I was feeling average like the previous days so I didn't expect to do well here. I don't know what happened in the finale. [Hadn't Bardet attacked], we could have done better, especially for Romain on GC but it's good to see two Frenchmen at the front. I'm happy, we've had our...
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Criterium du Dauphine 2016 - 11/06/2016 - Etape 6 - La Rochette/ Méribel (141km) - BOASSON HAGEN Edvald (TEAM DIMENSION DATA) - Avec le maillot vert sur le podium © ASO/A.Broadway
La Rochette (pop. 3,800) at the gateway to the former Duchy of Savoy and halfway between Chambéry, and Grenoble, 30km and 40km away respectively, welcomes you into its green and pleasant setting. La Rochette was rural farmland up until the 19th century when it underwent rapid industrial expansion from 1870 onwards with the establishment of a pulp mill, transformed into a cardboard factory in 1896, hailing the beginning of cardboard production in La Rochette. La Rochette is also an historical town with a tall 11th century castle built on three levels and flanked by turrets at each corner, which overlooks the town, the Saint-Jean Museum and Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church. The town still has a thriving industry with the “Cascades" and “Europac” cardboard factories as well as the “Henri Raffin” cooked meats company, created in 1937. La Rochette is also a pleasant place to live or visit with a camp site, Saint-Clair
watersports centre on a small natural lake surrounded by exceptional wetlands, a very active network of clubs and associations, and good cultural and sports facilities.
Nestling in the heart of Les Trois Vallées, Méribel has all the charm and elegance that you would expect of a well preserved mountain village, with wooden and stone chalets dotted along the mountainsides lulled in the gentle light from sunrise to sunset. For over 70 years, Méribel has been drawing on its history to offer holidays that are a happy combination of modern facilities with the traditional mountain lifestyle. It is one of the most elegant sports resorts, and it certainly knows how to host international events. Located on the edge of the Vanoise National Park and in the heart of the biggest ski area in the world, it is perfect for lovers of vast natural spaces and a great playground for thrill-seeking sports enthusiasts. Méribel devotees return time and again for its understated and rare combination of emotions, pleasure and pure relaxation… It's definitely a very out of the ordinary resort, born of an unconditional love for the mountains and all they have to offer, carefully preserved by the local inhabitants.
Jersey wearers after the stage 7
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