Wednesday July 4th, 2012

Stage 4Abbeville / Rouen

Start 12h25 GMT 2+

Greipel finishes off a wonderful team effort

Once the escape of the day go reached an advantage of almost nine minutes the Lotto-Belisol team moved up to the front of the peloton and began to consider the sprint that was expected in Rouen. Although it was the fourth longest stage of the 2012 Tour de France, from Abbeville to Rouen, the real action came in the final three kilometers. That's when the jostling for position started in earnest and the lead-out trains started to form. Up near the head of the peloton, however, a touch of wheels at the speed that's required to hold off any ambitious attack can be treacherous; alas, that's...

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Tourist attractions

Abbeville

Gateway to the la Baie de Somme, ranked among the most beautiful bays in the world, Abbeville is located in the heart of an unspoilt environment and invites you to discover its natural, historical and architectural riches :  the St. Vulfran Collegiate, built in 1488, remarkable masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic art, the Holy Sepulchre church where you can admire the stained glass windows made ‌by Alfred Manessier, the Belfry, one of the oldest in France (thirteenth century), listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Boucher de Perthes museum, the Place Max Lejeune and its fountains. In Abbeville, there are also two parks that offer a breath of fresh air in the heart of the city or “La Ronde de l’eau”, a loop around the Somme for those who wish to discover the natural and historic city at their own pace.  Finally, Abbeville is a city that does not lack dynamism with many shops in the city centre and suburbs, the open air market or the covered food halls. A town full of charm and surprises, Abbeville if full unexpected treasures that will enthrall and captivate visitors.

Emonville park - © City of Abbeville Place Max Lejeune - © City of Abbeville
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Pop: 24,200
Sub-prefecture of the Somme (80)Economy : Port activities.
Specialties : Abbeville rhubarb, Ponthieu endive.
Motto : Semper fidelis (always faithful)
Sport : EAL Abbeville handball (L1), SC Abbeville (hockey)
Celebrities : Jacques Boucher de Perthes (archaeologist), Knight of La Barre, Max Lejeune (politician), Alfred Manessier (painter),
Festivals : festival of Bird and Nature, Nights of blues. 

Rouen

In Rouen and the Seine valley, there is a huge choice of over two hundred attractions available from the religious buildings, including the abbeys of Saint-Georges de Boscherville and Saint-Pierre de Jumièges, the Impressionist sites, museums, memorials, streets and squares or even Circus Theatre of Elbeuf, one of eleven regional centres for circus arts in France. Throughout the year, guided tours and walks are on offer while you can also wander through the many parks and gardens of the area, enjoy the tranquility of nature, discover the flora and fauna of the Roumare animal park or the Boucles de la Seine Normande Regional Nature Park, an area of 80,000 hectares. But you can also visit the different towns of the Seine-Maritime and the Haute-Normandie Region to discover unfamiliar places full of history. The tourist office of the Community of Rouen Vallée de Seine offers many other routes that crisscross the Abbey trail or the fruit trail and still allow other discoveries.

Half-timbered houses rue Eau de Robec - @ A.Bertereau Rouen Cathedral - @ A.Bertereau
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Pop: 112,000
Prefecture of Seine-Maritime (76)Economy : port, meat market, insurance companies, civil services. 
Specialties : ducklings a la Rouennaise, apples, cider, pommeau (apple drink), biscuits (Joan of Arc tears, Old Market cobble).
Nickname : the town of the 100 church towers.
Celebrities : Rollon, Joan of Arc, Corneille, Gustave Flaubert, Guy de Maupassant, Jean Lecanuet (politician), Francois Hollande (politician).
Festivals : Joan of Arc festival, Nordic cinema film festival, Regards sur le cinema du monde film festival, Impressionist Normandy festival, Armada (giant yachts). 

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