The profile was flat, a sprint was expected, and a favourite for the fifth stage was nominated by just around everyone. If you've watched sprints at the Tour de France since 2008, you know who the fastest man in the world is. Mr Cavendish has won multiple stages since his first triumph at the Tour and in five years he's now collected a total of 24... and we can expect this to grow even more judging by the manner in which his Omega Pharma-Quickstep team rode into Marseille. It wasn't entirely smooth sailing, like it will be when the Tour de France yacht race finishes in this seaside city on...Read more Key moments
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- Analysis of the stage
- The towns 2013 : visit Marseille
A sporting view
Situated in the heart of the Côte d'Azur, between Nice and Cannes, this charming destination owes the origin of its name to La Cagne, the costal river that runs through it. Surrounded by hills, the town extends around a loop, with nearly 4km of beach. Its history is closely linked to that of its castle that was built in the 14th century by Raynier Grimaldi, the coseigneur de Monaco. Dominating the medieval village of Haut-de-Cagnes, today it houses the Musée de l'Olivier, various collections and every summer puts on special exhibitions on the occasion of the International Painting Festival. A visit must also be paid to the Musée Renoir, the property where the painter spent the last years of his life, as well as the pretty fishing port in Cros-de-Cagnes. With the waves lapping under the Mediterranean sun, Cagnes-sur-Mer will also entice you with the rhythm of its festivals and events : the Promenade en Fête along the recently improved sea front, concerts and shows at the Terrazur casino, the Women's Tennis Open and of course, horseracing at the Hippodrome de la Côte d'Azur, one of the most well known in France.
Chef-lieu de canton of Alpes-Maritimes (06)
Specialities: poutine (fishing), square bowls (petanque with wood cubes)
Economy: tourism, hippodrome de la Côte d'Azur, second horse racing track in France.
Celebrities: Auguste Renoir, Soutine, Derain (painters), Jean-Henri Grimaldi, Suzy Solidor (singer and actress), Foujita (artist), Mouloudji and Georges Ulmer (singers), Georges Simenon (writer), Yves Klein (painter), Sandrine Alexis (humorist).
Sport: Open GDF SUEZ , women's tennis tournament (May).
Culture: Printemps des poètes (March), Jazz in the castle (July/August), Autumn theatre meetings (October), Chestnut fair (November).
Labels: villes et métiers d'art, ville fleurie (3)
Marseille was founded in about 600BC by Greek sailors from Phocaea which makes it the oldest city in France. A crossroads of civilisations, its experience of welcoming strangers and of opening up to the world has made it a natural link between Europe and the Mediterranean, at the heart of the issues of the new millennium. The number one French port, a logistics hub, a centre for the tertiary sector and a booming tourist destination, it is equally renowned for its university, the excellence of its medical teams and research laboratories, centres of excellence and its multimedia industry. As the 2013 European Capital of Culture, Marseille-Provence has over 400 artistic events planned for the year ahead on top of which will be the opening of the MuCEM at the Fort Saint-Jean, the museum dedicated to European and Mediterranean civilisations. A dynamic that led the town to look to the future and aim to carry off the title of European Capital of Sport when it welcomes Euro 2016 to its legendary and renovated Stade Vélodrome.
Prefecture of Bouches-du-Rhone
Specialities: bouillabaisse, l'aioli (garlic mayonnaise), les pieds paquets (mutton feet), navettes (biscuits), sardines, pastis. Soap.
Economy: first French port with 220 regular sea links, 100 million tons of annual traffic, 2 million for passenger traffic. Second telcommunication complex in France. Cinema. Universities. Science and research. Medicine.
Celebrities: Gaston Deferre (former mayor and minister), Marcel Pagnol (writer), Henri Verneuil and Robert Guediguian (filmmakers), Fernandel, Ariane Ascaride (comedians), Jean-Claude Izzo (writer), Cesar (sculptor), Titof and Patrick Bosso (comics), Akhenaton (singer in rap band IAM), Zinedine Zidane, Jean-Pierre Papin, Franck Lebœuf, Eric Cantona, Jean Tigana (footballers), Jean Bouin (miler), Laure and Florent Manaudou, Frederic Bousquet, Fabien Gilot, Camille Lacourt, Gregory Mallet (swimmers)
Sport: Olympique Marseille (football), Cercle des nageurs de Marseille (swimming, water-polo). Pole Voile Marseille Provence (sailing). Stade Vélodrome. VC La Pomme (cycling), Open 13 (ATP tennis tournament), Mondial la Marseillaise (international petanque tournament in July)
Culture: Cinema (more than 110 films made per year), 2nd French town for theatres after Paris. 17 museums. Festival de Marseille de Danse et des Arts Multiples (Dance, June), MARSATAC (electro) (Septembre), Fiesta des Suds (October).
Labels: European capital of culture 2013 - ville fleurie (2)
Jersey wearers after the stage 21
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These five riders have won sprint stages of the 100th Tour de France. Of these five, who do you think will win in Paris?
- Marcel Kittel14.93%
- Simon Gerrans1.08%
- Mark Cavendish54.21%
- André Greipel5.5%
- Peter Sagan24.28%