Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) claimed his second stage win in Nîmes after the peloton caught the two courageous breakaway riders in a thrilling finale. Near the antique Arenas, the Norwegian triumphed like a gladiator as the outcome was cruel for Jack Bauer and Martin Elmiger who escaped from the start of the 222-km long stage and got caught in the last 50 metres!
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Tour de France 2014 - Etape 15 - Tallard / Nîmes - 20/07/2014 - Romain BARDET dans le peloton © ASO/B.Bade
A sporting view
Tallard is the kingdom of air sports, especially parachuting and paragliding, that attracts fanatics from around Europe. And that might have given wings to Cedric Vasseur before taking off for a long stage heading to Marseille in 2007. Part of a strong breakaway group, the French rider who had carried the Yellow Jersey ten years before and was living his last season as a professional rider eventually beat to the line one of his young compatriots at the time, Sandy Casar who recently decided to also retire from racing.
Capital town of Hautes-Alpes (05)
Population : 2,000 inhabitants (Tallardiens)
Economy : arboriculture and viticulture (the leading town for wine in the Hautes-Alpes), airfi eld and historical heritage, the Durance Medical Centre which will shortly combine with La Chrysalide (home to 80 disabled people)
Culture : the château de Tallard (XIV century, dedicated Historic Monument), Saint-Grégoire church (located in the ancient centre of the town, also classed as an historic monument). Notre-Dame du Laus Sanctuary, place of pilgrimage is located nearby.
Sport : The aerodrome is the main European centre for aviation sports and leisure (first flights, flying courses, paragliding, ballooning, parachuting). Many world championships, European and French have taken place there. The France hub and the France military parachuting team are based on the airfield. The Gap car rally – motor racing
Specialities : Golden Delicious apples, Tresbaudon wine (Muscat white wine, gold medal winner at the General Agricultural Competition 2014 in Paris)
Sustainable Development : 15 km of green routes
Labels : Green resort, 1 flower, Food village, Route Napoléon, Via Alta, Fruit and Wine Route
The Gard Prefecture is also part of those cities that have a history of over a hundred years with the Tour de France. Five years ago for the last visit of the pack, Nîmes had witnessed the impressive sprint of Mark Cavendish and became one of the twenty French towns where the British rider has triumphed. Other than the Tour, the Roman city also welcomed several stage finishes of the Grand Prix du Midi-Libre, the last having been won by Damien Nazon in 1998.
Population : 144,940 inhabitants (Nîmois)
Economy : biotechnologie, logistics, industry, risk management, tourism
Culture : The Arena of Nîmes, the Maison Carrée, six museums, three theatres. Festivals: Flamenco, BD, Great Roman Games, Garden Nights, Thursdays in Nîmes, Water fairy
Sport : 36,000 members, 230 associations. Olympic Nîmes (football League 2), USAM D1 (men's handball), HBCN D1 (women's handball) Nîmois Rugby Club (Fédérale 3). Events : Indoor Archery World Cup, Nîmes half marathon, International Fencing Tournament
Specialities : Costières wine from Nîmes, brandade (emulsion of salt cod and olive oil), croquants Villaret biscuits, picholine (green olive), olive oil, petits pâtés nîmois (famous miniature pies), Gariguettes strawberries
Sustainable development : public electric cars, cycling paths as part of the new urban development project (32 km around the housing and town centres), a tram'bus, part of the “P+Bus” free of charge. The Marianne d'Or of Sustainable Development and the Écoquartier national prize for the new university development in the town centre
Labels : Town of Art and History, 5@, 3 fl owers, Child friendly town, Ville Vivez-Bougez, main region for THD (Très Haut Débit) for businesses in France (high speed broadband)
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