Second on stage 13 in Chamrousse, Tour de France rookie Rafal Majka went on the attack again and stayed away from a long lasting escape to claim his first stage victory in Risoul while Vincenzo Nibali comfortably retained the yellow jersey as he crossed the finishing line in second place 24 seconds behind the Polish up and coming climber.
News from the sick bay…
Belgium's Dries Devenyns (GIA), forced out of stage 14 after a serious crash, was taken to hospital in Gap, the Tour de France medical service announced.
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Tour de France 2014 - Etape 14 - Grenoble / Risoul - 19/07/2014 - Manul VALLS a salué Joaquim RODRIGUEZ après l'arrivée de l'étape © ASO/B.Bade
A sporting view
The city is deeply linked to three pillars of the history of cycling. First of all because it is frequently on the map of the Tour de France since 1905. Grenoble also remains the last town in France to organise a prestigious Grenoble Four-Day race in its velodrome. Finally, it is almost systematically a host to the Criterium du Dauphiné. For its last edition, in 2013, one of the Tour's most exciting attackers, Thomas Voeckler, had triumphed there, just in front of the Stade des Alpes.
Population : 160,000 inhabitants (Grenoblois)
Economy : cradle of hydropower, cement and metallurgy. Industrial development in the 20th century has allowed it to become an international platform for innovation and research. In the early 2000s made a name for itself as the second French research centre. 62,000 students of which 42% in 2013 were specializing in sciences
Culture : The Bastille with cablecar access (80 years old in 2014), the Perret Tower, the fi rst reinforced concrete construction by the Perret brothers, several museums. Festivals : Cabaret Frappé, International Circus Festival,
International Mountain Film Workshop, Printemps du Livre
Sport : FCG Rugby (Top 14), Les Brûleurs de Loups (ice hockey), the GF38 (football CFA). Events: Half-Marathon Grenoble-Vizille, Critérium du Dauphiné, 3 day cycle race.
Sustainable Development : 350 km of cycle routes, 2,000 métrovélo bikes to hire, 5 tram lines, electric cars from next autumn
Labels : 5@ city, second best city in Europe for people with reduced mobility, fi fth most innovative city in the world
The Hautes-Alpes resort proved its value when crowning Christopher Froome during the Critérium du Dauphiné 2013 and hosting the young guns of the 2010 Tour de l'Avenir. On two occasions, a normal stage and then an uphill time-trial, its verdict was to be the same with two victories for Nairo Quintana in front of Andrew Talansky, the winner and his runner-up of the youth classification at the last Tour de France.
Commune of Hautes-Alpes (05)
Population : 650 inhabitants (Risoulins)
Altitude : 1,174 – 1,850 metres
Economy : moutain and ski resort. Risoul forms, with Vars, the area of the white forest, skiiable area with 108 pistes and 56 ski lifts. Its fi nancial turnover puts it in second position in the Southern Alps and in sixth place nationally.
Culture : Saint-Nicolas et Sainte-Luce Church (XVI century), chapelle Saint-Claude, chapelle Saint-Jacques, chapelle Saint-Sébastien, Rotonde du Plan de Phazy (sources of sulphur water known since antiquity), communal ovens
(traditional bread ovens). Festivals: Festival of French song, Week of humour and springboard of laughter
Sport : skiing and snowboarding, Risoul Bike Club. Events : Risoul Queyras Cyclosportive, stage town in the Haute Route (cyclosportive between Nice and Genève through the Alpine cols), the Risouldévale (25 km of non stop downhill
skiing, mountain biking and canoe rafting)
Specialities : the Risoul apple (with a reputation for keeping its fl avour over several months), apple juice, milk and cheese products from the Chagne farm,
Mali Vignon Pottery
Labels : Famille Plus, 2 flowers
Proverb : The most intimate of the great resorts
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Will the three stages in the Vosges determine the overall winner?
- Yes, they’ll confirm Nibali’s domination9.61%
- No, the real fight will happen in the Alps47.68%
- No, Contador will win the Tour in the Pyrenees30.74%
- No, Porte will beat them all in the time trial11.97%