Monday July 2nd, 2012

Stage 2Visé / Tournai

Start 12h40 GMT 2+

Supermanx Strikes Again

Just about every team in the peloton had someone on the front of the peloton at some stage of the final 10km of the 207.5km race from Vise to Tournai but Sky was relatively anonymous in the final rush to the line. Instead it was Lotto-Belisol and Orica-GreenEdge that had the strength of numbers in the final kilometer. Greg Henderson charged into the front and delivered André Greipel to the 250 meter to go mark and that's when the giant German turned on the turbo... and very nearly claimed his second Tour stage win. But behind him was Mr Mark Cavendish who judged the sprint to perfection...

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The stage in videos

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Summary of the race

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  • Interview - Stage Winner
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  • The day's route
  • Magazine
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The stage in pictures

photo02/07/2012 

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Tourist attractions

Visé

Capital of the Lower Meuse, the only French-speaking city to have a shared border with the Netherlands, Visé is midway between Liege and Maastricht. This location has enabled it to develop its importance as a transportation hub and at the same time increase its tourist numbers thanks to a rich heritage.  These include in particular the Town Hall built in the seventeenth century whose bulbous steeple rises to over thirty meters and whose chimes ring with the life of the city every quarter of an hour,  the Collegiate and its Gothic choir, the Perron , once a symbol of authority of the Prince-Bishops of the Principality of Liege or even the shrine of Saint Hadelin, jewel of 11th century Mosan art.  Visé, which also includes three guilds of crossbowmen and arquebusiers, is also nicknamed the City of the Goose. This relates to a traditional recipe where the bird is cooked in a vegetable stock before being covered in a garlic sauce. Market town but also a city of leisure, traditions, culture and sport, life is good in Visé.

Web sites

Visé, at the heart of the Maas-Rhine Euroregion - © Ville de Visé Town hall - © Ville de Visé Town Hall - Crédit Photos Ville de Visé Pont de Visé - Crédit Photos Ville de Visé Port de Plaisance - Crédit Photos Ville de Visé
Pop: 17,000
Commune of the Province of Liege (Belgium)
Economy
: trade and commerce.
Specialties
: goose.
Sport
: RCS Visé (football 2nd division), Femina Visé (handball)
Celebrities
: St Hadelin, D’Artagnan.
Festivals
: Jazz festival, Bluemoon festival.

Tournai

Crossed by l’Escaut, Tournai is one of the oldest cities in Belgium. Near Brussels, Paris and London, a veritable crossroads of cultures, it has been under French, Austrian, Spanish and English control in the past. Testament to its past, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Belfry, symbols of spiritual and temporal powers, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A country town (Tournai as a whole is composed of twenty-nine villages), Tournai invites you to discover the museum of Fine Art where the only two paintings by Manet are kept in Belgium.  Fabulous works in a setting that is even more special since it was the only museum designed by renowned architect Victor Horta. Fourth largest city of Belgian Hainaut, Tournai invites you to stroll along the banks of the Escaut, whilst the Mont-Saint-Aubert, its highest point, is a paradise for cyclists and poets. Tournai is also part of the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis, the European grouping of territorial cooperation at the heart of a community with more than two million inhabitants.

Web sites

Grand place de Tournai with its Cathedral and Belfry, listed by UNESCO - Credit City of Tournai Quais de l’Escaut in the historical heart of Tournai - Credit: City of Tournai - P. Van der Cruyssen
Two previous stages
Pop: 67,800 inhabitants
Head of district of the Province of Hainaut (Belgium)
Nickname
: the town of the five steeples.
Economy
: trade, tourism, biscuits.
Specialties
: rabbit, success of the day (wafers), Delacre biscuits.
Sport
: RFC Tournai (football)
Celebrities
: Clovis, Donat Casterman (publisher), Henri Vernes (writer), Claudy Cirquielion (cyclist).
Festivals
: Lost Monday, Tournai carnival, Four corteges ‘June), Great Procession (September).
Labels
: World Heritage town (belfry and cathedral).

Jersey wearers after the stage 5

Classifications after the stage 5

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