Friday July 6th, 2012

Stage 6Épernay / Metz

Start 12h30 GMT 2+

Sagan success on a day of major drama

The biggest talking point of the stage from Epernay to Metz will be the crash that took out half the peloton with 26km to go. Not only did it force at least three men to abandon the Tour but it caused the likes of Fränk Schleck, Pierre Rolland, Alejandro Valverde, Mark Cavendish and large number of others to lose significant time. The two big pre-race favorites for the general classification - Cadel Evans and Bradley Wiggins -survived the carnage near Gorze and so too did most of the sprint specialists with the notable exception of Mark Cavendish. While riders like Ryder Hesjedal limped to...

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The stage in videos

video06/07/2012 

Summary of the race

  • Summary of the race
  • Interview - Stage Winner
  • Image of the day
  • Landscape of the day
  • Analysis of the stage
  • The day's route
  • Magazine
  • Jean-François Pescheux's analysis of the...
  • The towns 2012 : visit Metz
  • The towns 2012 : visit Epernay
  • Through the geologist eyes

The stage in pictures

photo06/07/2012 

 

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Tourist attractions

Epernay

The champagne capital, Epernay, located in the heart of 30,000 acres of vineyards, attracts nearly 450,000 visitors every year from around the world to not only discover - and taste! -the wine of kings but also to enjoy a great city. Between vineyards and forests, bordered by the Marne, the city boasts a high quality of life in a beautiful natural environment.  Its rich heritage is comprised of monuments like the Tour De Castellane, the Portal St. Martin or the Gabrielle Dorziat theatre but also unique hotels in Renaissance or classical style, many dating from the nineteenth century.  These beautiful buildings that are often the major champagne houses are found for the most part, on the stately Avenue de Champagne.  Distinguished by the label Remarkable Site for Taste it is one of three sites selected for consideration of the Landscapes of Champagne for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Under the avenue and the adjacent streets, carved into the chalk, one hundred and ten kilometres of cellars snake under the city where a veritable treasure of two hundred million bottles is stored.

L’avenue de Champagne, one of the sites selected for nomination as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. - © Ville d'Epernay
Three previous stages.
Pop: 25,000
Marne department.Specialties : champagne, potée champenoise (stew).
Economy : champagne, tourism.
Motto : the capital of champagne.
Sports : Racing Club Epernay Champagne (football)
Celebrities : Gabrielle Dorziat (actress), Roger Zabel (sports journalist).
Festivals :  Habits de lumière, Mélimôme, Saint-Vincent, Musiques d'été.

Metz

Metz has a history stretching back over 3000 years. Capital of the Celtic people called the Mediomatrici, it had in the Gallo-Roman times more inhabitants than Lutetia. The jewel of the city was a 25,000-seat amphitheatre, one of the greatest of the Roman Empire. Today, at this location stands the Centre Pompidou-Metz, dedicated to modern art and close to which the Tour de France will finish stage 6.  Opened in 2010, this architecturally innovative museum that helps make Metz a Mecca of European culture has already welcomed over one million visitors, which places it as one of the top museums in the province.  Metz is also a fusion of different architectures, Medieval, Gothic, 17th century French style or the neo-Roman Imperial District, which led the municipality to apply for the classification of the city as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. It is also a green city with its many parks and gardens and has developed many cycle lanes. Metz, today, is transforming and redesigning itself to best meet the third millennium.

Pompidou Centre Metz  - credit ville de Metz Avenue Foch : the Imperial District - credit ville de Metz Avenue Foch : the Imperial District - credit ville de Metz
40 previous stages
Pop: 123,000
Prefecture of Moselle (57)Economy : metallurgy, petrochemical industry, automobile, logistics, trade and commerce.
Specialties : plum, quiche lorraine, potee lorraine (soup), piglet with jelly, Paris-Metz (cake), boulet de Metz (pastry).
Sport : FC Metz (football), Open de Moselle tennis.
Celebrities : Sigebert, Charlemagne, Paul Verlaine, Robert Schuman (politician), Gabriel Hocquard (politician), Morgan Parra (rugby player)
Festivals : Festival les Petits Claps, Metiz’Art (May), l’Été du livre (Summer Book Fair), Montgolfiades.

Jersey wearers after the prologue

Classifications after the prologue

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