The towns / A sporting view
In spring time, the capital of Forez is a frequent host to Paris-Nice, a race that has stopped there 58 times. Generally featured in the first part of the “race to the sun”, Saint-Etienne has often witnessed bunched sprint finishes on the Cours Fauriel, won by several Tour Green Jersey winners including Rik Van Looy, Rudy Altig, Eddy Merckx, Franco Bitossi, Freddy Maertens, Sean Kelly or Eddy Planckaert. Recently in 2008 Kjell Carlström became the first stage winner from Finland, while Sylvain Chavanel captured his first leader's jersey there.
390 000 inhabitants in the 45 commons of the Communauté d'Agglomération Saint-Étienne Métropole including 175 000 in Saint-Étienne
Loire Prefecture (42)
Mountain passes & hills
- Km 154,5 - Col de Palaquit14,1 kilometre-long climb at 6,1%
- Km 200 - Chamrousse18,2 km de montée à 7,3%
While the resort has already welcomed the Tour for the finish of a time-trial in 2001, it is also often visited by the skiing champions from the Grenoble area. Marion Josserand, bronze medallist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in Skicross often trains in Chamrousse. Situated in the Vizille Canton, the common reminds us of a former Tour Polka Dot Jersey winner, Thierry Claveyrolat, also known as the “Vizille Eagle”.
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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