Wednesday July 11th, 2012

Stage 10Mâcon / Bellegarde-sur-Valserine

Start 12h25 GMT 2+

Voeckler: once, twice... three times a treat!

Thomas Voeckler knows how to get the maximum out of himself at the Tour de France. He's out of contention for another stint in the yellow jersey or a top four overall finish in the race like he achieved in 2011 but on the day to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine he did enough to earn three appearances on the podium. First, he led over the first 'hors categorie' climb of the 99th Tour - the Col du Grand Colombier to take the lead of the climbing classification, then he was voted the most aggressive rider of the 10th stage and, ultimately, he timed his race to the finish line to perfection. He won the...

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  • The towns 2012 : visit Bellegarde
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Tourist attractions


Situated between Beaune and Lyon, Mâcon has all the charm and authenticity of Southern Burgundy.  Today a prefecture of Sâone-et-Loire it is a city with a merchant tradition which was founded in the first century BC by the Celts and that has inherited a great heritage from its rich past. Over the Sâone looms the famous Roche de Solutré, the typical wine grower’s villages and many castles still mark the passage of the poet Alphonse de Lamartine, a child of the region. We cannot even think about Burgundy, land of good living, without mentioning the gastronomy. Alongside local food specialties are the Mâconnais wines of high renown.  With 50 million bottles a year, it is not by chance that Mâcon welcomes le Concours des Grands Vins de France every year.  To taste Mâcon is also to enjoy a town that has nearly 600 hectares of green spaces and holds many events to light up the town throughout the year.   In 2011 it was elected the Sports Town of Burgundy, in part due to the 85 sporting facilities in the town which promote the joy of sport.

Aerial view of the Lamartine Esplanade - © ville de Mâcon view of Mâcon from the Saone - © ville de Mâcon Roche de Solutré - © ville de Mâcon Concert on the Lamartine Esplanade - © ville de Mâcon Wooden House - © ville de Mâcon
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Population: 35,100
Prefecture of Saone-et-Loire (71)Economy : wine, port, metallurgy, road transports.
Specialties : snails, wines, Charolais meat, goat cheese, Bresse poultry, Macon wafers, bouchon maconnais (chocolate).
Sport : AS Macon (rugby union), most sporting town in France in 2001.
Celebrities : Alphonse de Lamartine, Claude-Philippe Barthelot de Rambuteau (politician), Georges Duby (historian).
Festivals : Comtes et lumières (Tales and lights).


Nestled in a green setting at the foot of the Haute Chaîne du Jura, Bellegarde is situated where the Rhône and the Valserine meet. Due to this setting it became the first town in France lit by hydroelectricity, which lead eventually to the setting up of many industries. But Bellegarde is also ideally positioned in the heart of one of the most dynamic cross-border regions in Europe. Its ultramodern TGV station allows journeys to Geneva of just 30 minutes and Paris 2 hours 40 minutes, and yet it is still a country town! In the winter, skiing is King, whilst in the summer, you can set off to explore unspoilt countryside and natural curiosities like les Pertes de la Valserine, les Marmites de Géants or the Pain de Sucre. Bellegarde stands out as well as the starting point of the ViaRhôna, the green track that cyclists can enjoy that links Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean Sea. Fully benefitting from Geneva's dynamics and with great urban, economic and cultural development, Bellegarde is both trendy and well connected.

Bellegarde from above - view of the town centre: the Rhône-Valserine confluence and the multimodal station - copyright Lucien Fortunati Les Pertes de la Valserine, 10 minutes from the centre of Bellegarde. copyright Dadou
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Population: 11,800
Ain department (01)Economy : plastic industry, Aerosols Aerocan, MGI Coutier (automobile spare parts), transports.
Specialties : dumplings with Nantua sauce, Bugey wines, river fish.
Sport : Union sportive Bellegarde Coupy (rugby)
Celebrities : Louis Dumont (industrialist) , David Venditti (rugby union), Younes Kaboul (football), Nelly Moenne-Loccoz (snowboard).
Festivals : Comics festival (November), Estivals, Musinens castle festival. 

Jersey wearers after the stage 20

Classifications after the stage 20


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