Tuesday July 3rd, 2012

Stage 3Orchies / Boulogne-sur-Mer

Start 12h40 GMT 2+

The Super Sagan Show Continues

It was destined to be an animated stage

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The stage in videos

video03/07/2012 

Summary of the race

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  • Interview - Stage Winner
  • Image of the day
  • Landscape of the day
  • Analysis of the stage
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  • Magazine
  • Jean-François Pescheux's analysis of the...
  • The towns 2012 : visit Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Visit Pas-de-Calais
  • Through the geologist eyes

The stage in pictures

photo06/07/2012 

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Tourist attractions

Orchies

Connected to Lille and Valenciennes by the A23, Orchies is located about twenty kilometres from Tournai, end of the previous stage. The two towns put in a joint proposal to host the Tour de France, which is a first in the history of the event.  Another first for Orchies and the Tour: in 1982, the stage team time trial that was to take place there was cancelled due to a strike by steel workers.  Cycling paradise, the city has, for many years, held the Grand Prix d’Orchies and the Critérium des As in 1978 and a stage finish of the 4 Days of Dunkirk in 2011 while each year the Paris-Roubaix race crosses its cobblestones.  In 2013, its reputation as a sports city will be further strengthened when it hosts the Women’s European Basketball Championship when several games will take places in the new 5,000 seat sports centre.  World capital of chicory, Orchies also houses a museum dedicated to the blue écoubelle, the chicory flower.

Paris-Roubaix race passes through Orchies - crédit Ville d’Orchies Orchies Town Hall - crédit Ville d’Orchies
One previous finish
Pop: 7,600
Head of canton of Nord (59)Economy : chicory, small industry.
Specialties : chicory.
Sport : Basket Club Orchies.
Celebrities :  Fernand Herbo (painter), Alphonse Leroux (chicory manufacturer).
Festivals : Chicoriades (June), Arts Salon, Musikadonf (October).

Boulogne-sur-Mer

Close to the Channel Tunnel, in the heart of the Opal Coast and the green and hilly Boulonnais area, Boulogne-sur-Mer, thanks to its communication networks, is less than three hours from London or Amsterdam, and two hours from Paris or Brussels. Second most populous city in the Pas de Calais, the leading fishing port in France and Europe's premier centre for seafood processing Boulogne-sur-Mer offers a seafood gastronomy greatly appreciated by all gourmets. A university town and listed as a Town of Art and History, it also boasts Nausicaa, the National Sea Centre.  Opened in 1991, Nausicaa, one of the largest public aquariums in Europe, named as a Center of Excellence by UNESCO has already welcomed more than twelve million visitors.  Boulogne-sur-Mer has many other attractions: from the Upper Town, built on the site of a Roman camp to the waterfront, it offers an architectural heritage that bears witness to two thousand years of history. The castle fortifications are one of the best preserved medieval buildings in France.

Harbour View - © City of Boulogne-sur-Mer Castle Museum - © City of Boulogne-sur-Mer
Three previous stages
Pop: 43,800
Sub-prefecture of Pas-de-Calais (62)Economy : fishing, maritime transport.
Specialties : fish.
Sport : US Boulogne Cote d’Opale (football)
Celebrities : Godfrey of Bouillon, Napoleon Bonaparte, Charles Dickens, Jean-Pierre Papin, Franck Ribéry, Mickaël Bourgain.
Festivals : Cote d’Opale festival, Comics festival.
Slogan :  City of the sea.

Jersey wearers after the stage 20

Classifications after the stage 20

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