Saturday July 7th, 2012

Stage 7Tomblaine / La Planche des Belles Filles

Start 12h15 GMT 2+

Sky's guys rise up the rankings into first!

The race to La Planche des Belles Filles was destined to show who the genuine contenders for the overall title are and what we saw the end of stage seven was a display of climbing prowess from a team of champions that decimated the hopes of almost all others in the peloton. Team Sky was as brutal as it was efficient on the final climb. With Rogers eliminating all but a handful of others, he handed over the pace setting to compatriot Richie Porte who set such a pace that only four men could remain on his wheel: his team leader Bradley Wiggins, another team-mate Chris Froome, the defending...

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The stage in videos

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Summary of the race

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The stage in pictures

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Tourist attractions

Tomblaine

Tomblaine makes up with nineteen other municipalities the Urban Community of Greater Nancy and is in the inner suburbs of the capital of Lorraine from which it is separated by the Meurthe river. As part of an ambitious urban renewal project, is a growing town, a city that also takes care of its environment as reflected in the ranking given to seventeen hectares in the heart of city ‌on the île de Foulon and the île de l’Encensoir as a Sensitive Natural Area.  Tomblaine which also has one person in three aged under 19 years – therefore a very young population - also focuses on providing its people with important infrastructures such as Grand Nancy Airport or large sports facilities such as the Raymond-Petit athletics stadium or the Marcel-Picot Stadium, home to the football team AS Nancy-Lorraine. Finally, on a cultural level, Tomblaine has staged for twenty years now les Rencontres Théâtrales of the association Aux Actes Citoyens.  Culture, youth, environment and sports are intertwined in Tomblaine’s development project.

TOMBLAINE SPORTING TOWN  - credit : mairie de TOMBLAINE TOMBLAINE, PAVILION ON GOOSE ISLAND ON THE BANKS OF THE MEURTHE - Photographer : D. Pocreau
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Pop: 7,800
Department of Meurthe-et-Moselle (54)Economy : airport, offices, commerce.
Specialties : plum, bergamot, macaroons, madeleines (cookies)
Sport : Tomblaine Basket Club, Marcel Picot stadium.
Celebrities : Marcel Picot, Michel Platini, Gilbert Bauvin, (2nd in the 1956 Tour)
Festivals : Rencontres théâtrales de Tomblaine (June). Autumn of the Arts (October)

La Planche des Belles Filles

Located in the Regional Nature Park of Ballons des Vosges, La Planche des Belles Filles  is a family resort which is the only snow park in the Haute-Sâone. Recently improved to ensure its long-term development, the stadium is equipped with 5 ski slopes, 50 kilometres of cross-country skiing, a snowshoeing circuit, a track roll'herbe and hiking and equestrian trails. According to legend, in 1636, the young and beautiful girls of the village sought refuge in the mountains, near a pond, to escape the Swedish soldiers who had come to plunder the village. When discovered, they threw themselves into the black waters. The head of the assailants, who had fallen for the charms of one of the girls, dived in to save her but up brought up only a lifeless body. He took a plank of wood and with his dagger engraved an epitaph in honour of those unfortunate girls, and thus gave the name to the site of La Planche des Belles Filles.  Below, a few kilometres in the old working valley, the town of Plancher-les-Mines was named after the lead, iron and silver mines for which it was once renowned.

la Planche des Belles Filles in Winter - Photo credit: Olivier Vincent La Planche des belles filles in summer - Photo: Conseil general de Haute-Saône
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Vosges massif summit (1,148 metres) in Haute-Saone (70)
Population: 1,080 in Plancher-les-MinesEconomy : tourism, winter sports.
Specialties : cheese, cancoillotte.
Celebrities : Jean-Noël Jeanneney (historian and politician), Laurence Parisot (MEDEF president), Jules Rimet (founder of the football World Cup), Stephane Peterhansel (ten times winner of the Dakar rally ), Nicolas Vouilloz (mountainbike), Patrick Bouchitey (comedian)
Sport :  GranFondo of the Three Ballons, ski.

Jersey wearers after the stage 20

Classifications after the stage 20

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