Tomblaine

Champions

On February 3, during a ceremony chaired by Bernard Hinault, awards were handed to local champions of gymnastics and volley-ball, to kayak marathon world champion and to boxing world champion Anne-Sophie Mathis, who lives in Tomblaine. Tomblaine is also the town with the most sporting facilities in the department with the Marcel Picot football stadium, the Raymond Petit athletics track, the Regional House of Sports and the Lido swimming pool.

The start of the Tour de France stage will be given in the heart of a newly renovated area, which will include a new school and a cultural centre.

Anne-Sophie Mathis, boxing world champion - © Cédric Poulmaire/Sportiva-infos
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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)

Timeline

  • 770

    Angelram, bishop of Metz, hands lands to the monks of Gorze, including the domain of Tomblaine.
  • 1263

    Tomblaine, Essey, St Max and Dommartemont are regrouped in a lordship taken away by Miles of Vandieres, lord of Essey, from Duke Ferry III. In the 13th century, Tomblaine claims its independence back and builds the St Pierre church.
  • 1367

    Andenas de Laveline leaves all his belongings to Aubert, the bastard son of the Duke of Lorraine.
  • 1379

    Tomblaine returns to the Dukes of Lorraine.
  • 1785

    Cerf Beer becomes lord of Tomblaine and builds a castle and a farm.
  • 1842

    Baron Buquet builds the Tomblaine bridge to replace a ferry linking Nancy to Tomblaine since 1540.
  • 1879

    The Tomblaine castle becomes an agriculture school.
  • 1881

    Tomblaine becomes a commune.
  • 1914

    The town is seriously damaged by German bombings.
  • 1926

    Construction of the Marcel Picot stadium
  • 1939-45

    On September 17, 1944, the French Resistance destroyed several aircraft on the airport. In retaliation, the Germans destroyed the town centre.
  • 1983

    Tomblaine is hit by sever floods. Important works are undertaken in 2001 to protect the town against floods of the Meurthe.
  • 1996

    Tomblaine becomes part of the Greater Nancy Urban Community.
The Ronchamp coalmines closed in1958 - © Bourgeois.AThe Marcel Picot stadium was built in 1926 - © Presse SportsThe Tomblaine bridge was built in 1842 - © Ville de Tomblaine
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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)

Tomblaine and cycling

A new town on the Tour de France’s map, Tomblaine is situated in the sphere of influence of Nancy, where the peloton has been going since 1905. Fausto Coppi, Louison Bobet and Bernard Hinaul have been winners there, but the memory which is the freshest in our minds is that of Christophe Mengin’s bitter disappointment in the 2005 Tour. The stage’s regional rider had every opportunity to win, by joining the breakaway of the day, and then leaving his fellow riders behind him in the final stretch. The several second’s lead that he still had after the red pennant should have been enough, but he was caught out by the rain and the rider from Lorraine finished his route by crashing into the barriers on the edge of the last bend. Italy’s Lorenzo Bernucci took advantage of his bad luck.

Tomblaine is the headquarters of the Lorraine cycling committee, which runs a national cycling centre in which were trained pro riders like Anthony roux (FDJ) or Geoffroy Lequatre (RadioShack).

Thibaut Pinot would be on home turf if he took part in his first Tour - © Presse SportsIn 2005, Christophe Mengin crashed 200 metres from an almost certain victory - © Presse SportsAnthony Roux - © Presse Sports
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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)

What to see

Espace Jean-Jaures

A socio-cultural centre set on a former industrial site, the Bouyer factory, the Espace Jean-Jaures was inaugurated in 1994 and became one of Tomblaine’s favourite meeting points.

Marcel Picot stadium

Built in 1926 and enlarged in 1978 and 1999, it should have been used for Euro 2016 in France but the project was dropped for lack of funds. The stadium of AS Nancy-Lorraine, it was named after a former club president in 1963.

Nancy-Essey air museum

Nancy’s airport is located partly on the territory of Tomblaine and it hosts a fine museum specialised on army aircraft from 1948 to 1984.

The banks of the Meurthe

With the Mechelle pond, the isles of Foulon and Encensoir, they are the green lung of the city. 

Marcel Picot stadium - © Presse SportsBanks of the Meurthe© Ville de Tomblaine
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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)

Pele, Maradona and Platini on the same pitch

Each of them left his mark on the history of football but it was in Tomblaine and nowhere else in the world that Pele, Maradona and Platini played football on the same pitch. For Tomblaine is home to the Marcel Picot Stadium of Ligue 1 club AS Nancy-Lorraine, in which Platini started his professional career. On May 23, 1988, the Frenchman celebrated his jubilee at Marcel Picot and the Brazilian and Argentine legends joined the party.

Originally a Metz fan, Platini finally joined Nancy from his birthplace of Joeuf after Metz turned him down for respiratory failure! The future UEFA president stayed seven seasons with Nancy before joining St Etienne and later Juventus.

The stadium, built in 1926, took the name of Marcel Picot, a former AS Nancy-Lorraine president, in 1963.

The record attendance was 30,000 for a Nancy v St Etienne tie in 1976 and its capacity was brought down to 25,000.

It is also at Marcel Picot that Arsene Wenger made his coaching debut in 1984. 

Michel Platini jubilee in May 1988 - © Presse SportsMichel Platini jubilee in May 1988 - © Presse SportsMichel Platini jubilee in May 1988 - © Presse Sports
No previous stage
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)

Jersey wearers after the prologue

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