Friday July 11th, 2014

Stage 7Épernay / Nancy

The towns / A sporting view


The first visit of the Tour to Épernay was back in 1963 for the start of the 50th edition.
Despite the flat roads, Federico Bahamontes immediately attacked and distanced his main rivals by close to 1'30. Enough to worry Anquetil who had crashed early in the stage, but not quite good enough to stop the Frenchman from conquering a fourth crown. On that day, Eddy Pauwels had captured both the stage win and the overall lead. For the last two starts in Épernay, the stages finished off with bunched sprints won by Mark Cavendish in  Montargis (2010), and then by young Peter Sagan in Metz (2012). 

Web sites

Stage city 5 times
25 000 inhabitants
Marne Sous-préfecture (51)

Stage profile

Mountain passes & hills

No mountain passes and hills referenced in this stage


Often visited by the Tour since 1905, the «Ville aux Portes d'Or» (Golden Door City) remains in the memories of many after local hero Christophe Mengin came so close to glory. A crash in the last turn of the course prevented him from winning the stage in 2005. Lorenzo Bernucci had made the best of the wet conditions that day to earn his first and only success on the Tour. Another Italian rider had already impressed in the city well before him: despite only competing in three editions of the Tour de France, Fausto Coppi won in Nancy twice, in 1949 and 1952. A 100% record. 

Web sites

Stage city 16 times
266 000 inhabitants in the 20 commons of the Communauté Urbaine du Grand Nancy including 107 000 in Nancy
Meurthe-et-Moselle Prefecture (54)

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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