Thursday July 10th, 2014

Stage 6Arras / Reims

The towns / A sporting view

Arras au cœur de la
Communauté Urbaine
d'Arras

An important trade fair city in the Middle Age, Arras welcomed thousands of traders on its Grand'Place. Nowadays the biggest pop and rock artists, from Prince to Sting but also the Black Eyed Peas or Ben Harper, are present there for the Main Square Festival. Just before its creation, Johnny Hallyday had also performed there, but only behind the steering wheel of a 4 by 4 car at the start of the 2002 Dakar Rally. The pack of the Tour also took off from the square in 1991 for a stage heading to Le Havre where Thierry Marie had conquered the Yellow Jersey, and a team time-trial in 2004.

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Stage city 2 times
102 000 inhabitants in the 39 commons of the Communauté Urbaine d'Arras including 45 000 in Arras
Pas-de-Calais Prefecture (62)

Stage profile

Mountain passes & hills

No mountain passes and hills referenced in this stage

Reims

The kings of France were crowned in Reims for close to a millenary. Later, cycling world champions witnessed glory there: Theo Middelkamp in 1947 and Ercole Baldini in 1958. It was also during that 1958 edition of the Worlds that the first rainbow jersey was awarded to a woman, Luxemburg's Elsy Jacobs. On the Tour de France, the last three finishes in the champagne capital were won after a bunched sprint, by Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (1991), Robbie McEwen (2002) and Alessandro Petacchi (2010), all three would go on to win the Tour's points classification.

Web sites

Stage city 11 times
188 100 inhabitants
Marne Sous-préfecture (51)

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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