A fully deserved winner
"This stage is the longest of this 100th Tour. It is also one of the most prestigious because nobody wins by chance on the Ventoux, especially not on 14 July? There are two scenarios: either a group gets away from a long way out and maintains enough of an advantage for the escapees to fight it between themselves; or the leaders shut down the race as far as the foot of the climb, transforming the stage into one enormous hill-climb! Depending on the weather, a lot of damage could be done today. Imagine what it could be like if there's blazing heat all day? Whether you're in the yellow jersey or not, if you do badly on this climb you will lose a quarter of an hour!"
A sporting view
Located where the Rhône and the Gier meet and mid way between Lyon and Saint-Etienne, Givors benefits from a privileged geographical position at the crossroads of road, motorway and rail networks. The town is part of Greater Lyon, made up Grand Lyon, Saint-Etienne Métropole, the agglomeration community of Porte de l'Isère and Pays Viennois. In ancient days this area was occupied by the Gallic people the Segusiaves and because it was here that the Rhône bends, the Romans made it a strategic position. Givors is also a resistance town and was awarded the Military Cross and the Combatant Cross, for demonstrating humanist values such as those shown by many workers groups and by its republican initiatives. Blessed with several quality sports facilities, it is also the birthplace of French International sports starts such as Djamel Bouras, gold medallist in judo at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and Sylvain Marconnet, International rugby player.
Chef-lieu de canton of Rhone (69)
Specialities: rigottes (goat cheese), muscat du Ventoux (black grapes), givordin. wine.
Economy: Total ACS, carbon, industry, metallurgy, dairy.
Sport: Stade Olympique de Givors (judo), SOG Givors (rugby), Club Pongiste Givordin (table tennis).
Celebrities: Jean-François Bony (painter), Jean Thevenot (journalist), Stephane Bullion (ballet dancer), Djamel Bouras (judo Olympic champion), Sylvain Marconnet, Pascal Pape, Cedric Desbrosse (rugby union)
Festivals: Nuits Mozaiques (July) Foire nationale de la paperasse (Novembrer), Festival of lights (December)
Labels: ville fleurie, station handisports
The last mountain before the sea, like ‘God's Tomb' according to René Char,it has overlooked the Comtadine Plain to the South and Drôme Provençale to the North, from on high for 95 million years. Mont Ventoux and its white Cretaceous rocks reach a height of 1,912 meters and extend 25 kms from West to East. Reforested at the end of the 19th century, notably with Atlas Ceder and Holm Oak and associated with other species (beech, larch, black pine), the slopes of Ventoux make up a Mediterranean forest ecosystem and are an ideal environment for stags, deer, chamois and wild boar. Higher up, towards the summit of the ‘Giant of Provence', ideal for hikers and cyclists, there are rare plants that can only be found in frozen landscapes, like the yellow and hairy Greenland poppy and the Spitzberg saxifrage. Finally, at the top of Mont Ventoux is the meteorological station built in 1882 that is not longer in operation. Now it is home to telecommunications services.
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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