The towns / A sporting view
Ypres, that will welcome the Tour de France for the very first time, also hosts, like in most of the towns of the country, a well established cycling meeting. The Kattekoers (Cat race) which refers to the tradition of getting rid of cats that were considered as a menace to the commercial prosperity of the city specialised in the cloth industry, was created in 1934. Back in 2006, Greg Van Avermaet conquered one of his very first successes. Ypres is also known as the birth city of André Noyelle, Olympic cycling champion in 1952, and Noël Vantyghem, winner of Paris-Tours in 1972.
35 000 inhabitants
Area capital of the Flandre-Occidentale Province (Belgium)
Mountain passes & hillsNo mountain passes and hills referenced in this stage
Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
The Arenberg quary punctuated the life of the Wallers common for most of the 20th century. Even after the mining site was closed down in 1989, most of the former miners were called upon to take part in Claude Berri's film, Germinal. In terms of cycling, Arenberg is also known for the famous “tranchée” where Paris-Roubaix is sometimes won and often lost, since it was introduced on the course in 1968, thanks to Jean Stablinski's idea. During the 2010 Tour, the finish line of a stage including several cobbled sectors saw Thor Hushovd triumph just by the old mine.
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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