Sunday July 1st, 2012

Stage 1Liège / Seraing

Start 12h35 GMT 2+

Sagan Makes A Perfect Debut

He can win on a whim on all sorts of terrain and today Peter Sagan proved that he's not at all daunted by the pressure of the Tour de France. In his second day in the race, he's won a stage.

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The stage in pictures

photo06/07/2012 

© A.S.O.

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Tourist attractions

Liège

The Place Saint-Lambert will host the official ceremony of the Tour de France, a place devastated on 13 December 2011 by an act of madness by a crazed gunman who took six innocent lives and injured over a hundred . The organisers wished to honour them while the Liégeois felt united in adversity: "They have always held their heads high" in the words of the sixteenth century Michel de l'Hospital, Francis I’s Chancellor, quote engraved on the walls of the city.  Third largest city in the country and economic capital of Wallonia, Liège has turned the page from a heavy industrial past and invested resolutely in industries of the future like biotechnology, space and sustainable development. Thanks to its location in the heart of Europe, Liège, easily accessible by air (Bierset is the eighth European freight airport), land (at the core of six motorways and high speed railway lines) and water (its river port authority is the third in Europe), now also offers a multimodal logistics platform, LiègeTrilogiport.

Web sites

New lighting plan to upgrade the city heritage - © credit Liège The Market Place, home of the Christmas Market - © crédit ville de Liège Place Saint-Lambert and the Provincial Palace - © crédit ville de Liège
10 previous finishes
192,000 inhabitants
Head of the canton of the Province of Liege (Belgium)
Specialties
: Jupiler beer, peket (aperitif), Herve cheese, white pudding, Liege syrup, boulet a la Liegeoise.
Economy
: metallurgy, transport, new technologies.
AKA
: the Ardent city
Celebrities
: Jean Lambert Joseph Fyon (politician), Georges Simenon, Cesar Franck (composer), Justine Henin, Dardenne brothers (film-makers), Marie Gillain (actress).
Sport
: Standard (football). Liege Basket. Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
Festivals
: Liege festival, Jazz in Liege, International Crime Film Festival, Les Ardentes (electro)

Seraing

Famous beyond its borders for the site of Val Saint-Lambert, a real gem for all stone, glass and crystal lovers, Seraing is characterized by its diverse landscapes composed of one third housing, one third forest and one third industries and businesses. It is now preparing to mark a great turning point in its history. Large-scale urban projects are now underway with, in the medium term, the creation of an urban boulevard. The boulevard, which will cross the city from east to west, will result in a reorganization of the space with the creation of new economic centres and the conversion of former industrial sites. At the same time, the city will continue to take care of its many treasures: the three castles of Jemeppe, the main Church and its baptismal fonts from the twelfth century, the site of Val Saint-Lambert and the Sérésien forests where 1,200 hectares are an excellent sports field.  All these natural assets, initiatives and joint efforts have one objective: to successfully negotiate the great change that is underway in Seraing.

Château of Val Saint-Lambert - © spc province de liege Aerial view of the new bus station and the entrance to City - © photo credit: ville de Seraing
Two previous finishes
62,000 inhabitants
Commune of the Province of Liege (Belgium)
Economy
: Coal, steelworks, iron, electricity, crystal and glassware.
Specialties
: see Liege.
Nickname
: the city of iron.
Sport
: RFC Seraing (football), US Seraing (cycling)
Celebrities
: John Cockerill (industrial tycoon), Joseph Merlot (politician),
Festivals
: Fêtes de Wallonie (September)

Jersey wearers after the stage 5

Classifications after the stage 5

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