The towns / A sporting view
The Ain Prefecture awaited the 21st century to welcome the Tour de France and witness, in 2002, the first stage win of the future Green Jersey, Thor Hushovd.
Five years later, another sprinter, Tom Boonen, lifted his arms to the sky and also captured the Green Jersey that would stay on his shoulders all the way to Paris. In recent years, on the 2012 Criterium du Dauphiné, Bradley Wiggins had sealed his overall success by claiming a time-trial that was to finish in Bourg-en-Bresse.
73 400 inhabitants in the 15 commons of the Bourg-en-Bresse Agglomération including 43 000 in Bourg-en-Bresse
Ain Prefecture (01)
Mountain passes & hillsNo mountain passes and hills referenced in this stage
Because of its central position on the map of France, the “city of weapons and bicycles” failed to be on the course of the Tour before the war, but then hosted it 22 times since 1950. Some big names triumphed there including the likes of Geminiani, Bobet, Hinault, Herrera or Zoetemelk. The last visit of the Tour to Saint-Etienne was back in 2008. After close to 130kms, breakaway companions Marcus Burghardt and Carlos Barredo battled it out in a final sprint to the line of stage 18. Advantage Burghardt!
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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