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Tour de France 2014 - Etape 10 - Mulhouse / La Planche des Belles Filles / 14/07/2014 - Exténué après l'arrivée, Tony GALLOPIN a reconnu avoir connu la pire journée de sa carrière © ASO/B.Bade
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Out of the 13 stage finishes in Mulhouse, three winners of the Tour have triumphed there: Nicolas Frantz for a first visit in 1925, Bernard Hinault on a time-trial in 1981 and Laurent Fignon in 1992. The two-time winner was then witnessing his penultimate Tour and had taken off for a long solo effort on his way up the Grand Ballon. Fifty kilometres later, he was to conquer the last of his nine stages on the event.
Sub-prefecture of Haut-Rhin (68)
Population : 113,000 inhabitants (Mulhousiens), 263,000 inhabitants in the 34 communes of Mulhouse Alsace Agglomeration
Economy : Alsace's second economic centre. Clusters of centres of excellence: Alsace BioValley, Alsace Energivie, Vehicle of the Future, BBC (energy efficient buildings), Rhénatic, Fibres Grand Est, automobile industry (PSA Peugeot Citroën), aeronautic maintenance. EuroAirport, the only tri-national airport in the world (France – Germany – Switzerland). Two TGV (Eastern Europe and Rhine - Rhône). Third biggest inland port in France
Culture : City of the car and its Bugatti collection of the Schlumpf brothers, City of the train, Textile Printing Museum, EDF-Electropolis Museum, Wallpaper museum, Zoo and botanic park (Alsace's third biggest tourist site)
Sport : High level swimming training (Mulhouse Olympic Swimming Club), Olympic ice rink, Sports palace, stadium, nine cycling clubs
Specialities : Beyer jams, Albisser biscuits, Valfl euri Alsatian pates
Sustainable Development : EuroVelo 6 cycle lane, 230 km cycling facilities
Labels : bike tourism, outstanding gardens, Mulhouse, la fibre d'entreprendre
La Planche des Belles
Only skiing resort of the Haute-Saône Department, La Planche des Belles Filles entered the history of the Tour in style among the finishing sites of the race in 2012. The final part can only suit the best climbers. That day, Chris Froome was to conquer his first stage success. After working hard for his leader Bradley Wiggins, he replied to a Cadel Evans' attack in the last kilometres where the ascent was the hardest. Glory awaited team Sky at the top: stage for Froome, Yellow Jersey for Wiggins.
Mountain resort in Haute-Saône (71) joined to the commune of Plancher-les-Mines
Population : 1,064 inhabitants (Mainous), 239 700 haut-saônois
Maximum altitude : 1,148 m
Economy : winter and summer tourism (a chalet/restaurant, a hotel, 26 beds). Countryside and river tourism, thermal spa at Luxeuil-les-Bains. Wood industry
with wood construction. The car industry represents the second largest industry in the area with PSA Peugeot Citroën and its spare parts centre exporting around the world.
Culture : House of Black Identity and the Rights of Man in Champagney (10 km), Notre-Dame-du-Haut Chapel at Ronchamp (14 km), Departmental Museum of the mountains and the Nature and Culture area in Le Hautdu-Them-Château-Lambert (21 km), Wood festival in Raddon-et-Chapendu. Festivals: Jacques Brel, Music and memories, Asian Cinema, International Folk Festival
Sport : winter: 5 alpine ski slopes, 25 km of ski pistes (joined with the Ballon d'Alsace), snow shoeing: marked trails, snow tubbing. Summer: road cycling, mountain biking, Trottin'herbe (hiking, riding and walking), GR 59, GR 533, Route des Mille Étangs, Ballons Comtois Reserve, Ballons des Vosges Nature Park
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