Strength in numbers
"A 191km stage that takes us to Lyon, where, on paper, there is little chance of the sprinters being in contention. Once again the exception to that rule is Peter Sagan, who has got a broader range of talent than the usual candidates for the green jersey. In addition, he should find this finish is right up his street since it is located after the Côte de la Croix-Rousse and the Côte de la Duchère. In short, it?s a tricky stage, and certainly tricky enough for Lotto and Quick Step to have no interest in pace-making? Before the rendezvous with the Ventoux, there is another scenario too. A number of the baroudeurs will put a tick next to this stage. That could mean there is strength in numbers..."
The towns / A sporting view
Located in the Allier department, between Vichy and Moulins, in a rural countryside characteristic of the Bourbon Limagne, Saint-Pourçain-Sur-Sioule mainly owes its reputation to its AOC classed vineyard that stretches today over 19 communes and more than 600 hectares. The vine's presence here dates back to the gallo-roman era and Saint-Pourçain, well respected in the Middle Ages, being served at the tables of the French kings. In the Bailiffs house, a building from the 16th century is the Museum of Vines and the Land that retraces the history of the vineyard and the work of the winemakers. Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule has seen its employment benefit economically from its very central location. The town is determined to develop and expand this situation and economic development projects driven by local government include amongst others the expansion of industrial areas. Saint-Pourçain-Sur-Sioule also has a very active fabric of associations with more than 40 sports clubs.
Mountain passes & hillsNo mountain passes and hills referenced in this stage
For some years now the bicycle has been one of the symbols of change in the capital city of the Rhône. With the creation of Vélo'V in 2005, Lyon was the first city to equip itself with a self-service bicycle scheme. Today, there are 4,000 bicycles that are hired out 7 million times per year. In parallel on the sporting field, the Lyon Free VTT mountain bike race offers you the chance to discover or rediscover the most beautiful sites in the Capital of the Gauls and will once again mobilise tens of thousands of sportsmen and women for its 11th edition next September. Youth also plays a key role with speeches given in schools and bike awareness plans aimed at 10 year olds reaching over 4,000 children. Besides its network of bike lanes that continues to grow, Lyon has on its horizon in 2014 the longest tunnel in Europe for use by cyclists and pedestrians. At over 2 km long it will be built under the Croix-Rousse hill and reserved for environmentally friendly means of transport.
Jersey wearers after the stage 20
Corporate social responsibility
Since it was founded, Amaury Sport Organisation has been involved in various sponsorship and philanthropy activities. It is the generosity of sport that can be found in a certain number of initiatives aiming to invest in the workings of the disciplines themselves (sponsorship of the French Federation of Cycling), in a humanitarian and social framework, (Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, Actions Dakar, Un Techo Para Mi Pais) or in the environmental sphere (Madre De Dios, selective sorting, etc.). Read more
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