A group of 14 came to the finish of the 14th stage after being on the attack for 150km; the escape would last the distance on the road to Lyon and the winner would come from a selection that worked very hard to gain time on the peloton in the opening two hours. It was a closely fought battle for line honours but ultimately Matteo Trentin of the Omega Pharma-Quickstep had the strength - and the wits - to relegate his escape companions to the minor places. He has been a vital member of the lead-out train for Mark Cavendish but today he got his own chance to shine and, away from the...Read more Key moments
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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.
Chef-lieu de canton of Allier (03)
Slogan: Life at 100 pc
Specialities: wine, le saint-pourci-noix (cake), andouillette of Saint-Pourçain, potato pie, honey.
Sport: Tour cycliste Saint-Pourcinois, ARCCSP cyclo club
Celebrities: Blaise de Vigenère (16th century scholar), Andre Lakoine and Jean Cluzel (politiicians), Remi Laurent (actor)
Festivals: printemps du Saint-Pourçain (April), Festival viticole et gourmand (wine and food, August), La Ficelle (December), Photosynthèse.
Labels: ville fleurie (3)
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.
Prefecture of Rhone (69)
Signature: the town as we like it
Specialities: quenelles (fish sausage), tablier de sapeur, cervelles de canut, Beaujolais wines.
Economy: banking, printing, mechanics, research, textile, health, chemicals, pharmacy.
Sport: Olympique lyonnais (football), ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (basket), LOU (rugby).
Celebrities: Claudius, Francois Rabelais (writer), André-Marie Ampère (scientist), Joseph-Marie Jacquard (industrial), Lumiere brothers (cinema pioneers), Antoine de Saint-Exupery (airman and writer), Edouard Herriot (mayor and prime minister), Paul Bocuse (chef), Raymond Barre (prime minister), Jean-Michel Jarre (musician), Bernard Pivot (journalist), Bertrand Tavernier (film director), Jacques Deray (film director), Guignol (puppet).
Festivals: Festival of Lights (December). Festival des nuits de Fourvière. Biennale de la danse. Biennial of Contemporary Art, Quais du polar (crime book fair)
Labels: UNESCO World heritage (old Lyon).
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