The assumption was that Bradley Wiggins would gain time on his rivals in the battle for overall honours in the 99th Tour de France but there was still a question about who might win the stage. If you doubted the dominance of the Sky team in 2012 then look at the figures from the time trial from Arc-et-Senans to Besançon in stage nine: Wiggins confirmed that his quest for the yellow jersey is a genuine one. He claimed his first stage victory in the Tour, beat his team-mate Chris Froome by 35Read more Key moments
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Located at the foot of the Jura mountains, between the Chaux forest and the river Loue, Arc-et-Senans is a small Comtoise village. In addition to agriculture, particularly focused on cattle and grain farming, and a small woodworking industry, the economic life of Arc-et-Senans is largely orientated towards tourism thanks to the Royal Saltworks which annually attracts 130,000 visitors. With its eleven buildings constructed in the shape of half-moon that housed the production lines and workers’ housing, the Royal Saltworks was borne of the fertile imagination of Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, visionary architect of the Enlightenment, and is a rare testament to the history of industrial architecture. Built at the request of King Louis XV, it was a factory for the production of salt that was transported from Salins-les-Bains, its point of extraction, and that were used at the time for the storing of food, the manufacture of glass and silverware, agriculture and medicine. Since 1982, the Royal Saltworks has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Commune of the Doubs department (25)Economy : tourism, timber.
Specialties : salt, Dole gingerbread, Morteau sausage, bresi.
Sport : FC Mouchard Arc-et-Senans (football).
Celebrities : Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, Marquis of Grammont.
Festivals : Garden festival (May).
Labels : Royal Saltworks are listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
Frequently cited as a place "where life is good", nestled in an oxbow of the Doubs River and overlooked by the citadel of Vauban, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, the capital of Franche-Comte, is firstly a historical centre with its rich architectural heritage. But Besancon, birthplace of Victor Hugo, is also a student town (20,000 students, more than one in five is a Bisontin), and a city of perpetual movement that offers its residents a hugely varied cultural life, a public transport network that will include the tram and a world respected teaching hospital. Besançon is considered the heart and soul of watchmaking. Even today, a whole industrial fabric of small and medium enterprises work on the design, manufacture and maintenance of watches and watch components. It is this long tradition of watchmaking that made Besançon a centre of technological excellence with expertise in micro technology and an internationally recognized expertise in the fields of nanotechnology and biomedicine.
Prefecture of Doubs (25)Economy : clock-making, microtechnology.
Sport : women’s handball, judo, Amicale cycliste bisontine.
Celebrities : Victor Hugo, Proudhon, Fourier, Jean de Gribaldy, Tristan Bernard.
Festivals : Foire comtoise, Besançon Franche-Comté music festival (September), Jazz in Franche-Comté (June).
Jersey wearers after the stage 9
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