For the first time, Tony Martin has won a different stage than a time trial at the Tour de France but it looked like a time trial as he used the mid mountains stage in the Vosges to ride away with Alessandro De Marchi for 90 kilometres and solo for 59 kilometres! It was an enormous exploit by the German world champion for time trial but not the only amazing achievement of this eventful day as Frenchman Tony Gallopin took over from Vincenzo Nibali in the overall lead.
Astana team manager Alexandre Vinokourov said Vincenzo Nibali and his team-mates had not really fought to keep the yell jersey on the eve of a crucial 10th stage in the Vosges.
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Tour de France 2014 - Etape 9 - Gérardmer / Mulhouse - 13/07/2014 - Tony GALLOPIN signe son premier maillot jaune © ASO/B.Bade
A sporting view
In terms of cycling, Gerardmer is deeply linked to the Tour de l'Avenir that has stopped there five times. It was on that Vosges stage in 2009 that Romain Sicard had taken command of the race, distancing the likes of Tejay Van Garderen, Rafael Vals Ferri and Sergio Henao. A few years before, in 2001, the future Green Jersey of the Tour, Baden Cooke, had captured one of his first successes.
Capital City of Vosges (88)
Population : 9,250 inhabitants (Géromois). At its peak around 30,000 people visit the area in the summer
Economy : trade and crafts, Business enterprise centre (enabling the creation and development of business), linen production that contributes hugely to tourism in the town.
Culture : three theatre companies, Music hall, Performing Arts Centre (concerts, theatre, the arts), media library, Institute for mountain promotion, exhibitions and fairs (food, cars), Tower Observatory in Mérelle. Graines des
Toiles Youth Film Festival
Sport : water activities (walks on the lake, bathing, sandy beaches), water sports (rowing clubs, canoeing-kayaking, sailing, diving), Sports Complex (bowling), outdoor activities (hiking, cycling, mountain biking)
Sustainable Development : Local Agenda 21, participation in the Sustainable Development Week, green lanes for cycling and walking, control of energy consumption in municipal buildings
Label : 3 flowers, Famille Plus (recognised to cater well for families)
Proverb : The town owes its nickname of the Pearl of Vosges to Abel Hugo, Victor's brother
The biggest automobile museum in the world, the Cité de l'Automobile, is set in Mulhouse. And the same goes for the train museum, Cité du Train that offers one of the most impressive railway collections. But the city also has quite a few great cycling stories to tell. Indeed, at the end of the first stage of the 1926 Tour, winner Jules Buysse captured the Yellow Jersey, eventually won in Paris by… Lucien Buysse. There is actually only one other example of brothers, also Belgian, to have carried the Yellow Jersey in the same edition of the Tour: Romain and Sylvère Maes, in 1939.
Sub-prefecture of Haut-Rhin (68)
Population : 113,000 inhabitants (Mulhousiens), 263,000 inhabitants in the 34 communes of Mulhouse Alsace Agglomeration
Economy : University of Upper Alsace, higher education in four faculties, two IUT, two National Graduate Schools (Chemistry and South Alsace Engineering). One of the global textile capitals (textile printing, fi rst Indian printing
established in 1746)
Culture : La Filature National Stage, Symphonic Orchestra, Rhine National Opera, la Kunsthalle (contemporary art centre), diverse architectural heritage. Events : Étoffes de Noël (Christmas market), Car Festival, Street theatre.
Sport : 23,000 members of 150 clubs (ranked by l'Equipe in the top ten of French sporting towns)
Specialities : The golden onion, the “Mulhousienne”, beer brewed with Mulhouse's water, la moricette (a type of Alsatian bread), little Christmas cakes called bredalas
Sustainable Development : Territorial Climate Plan Energy, Green City (parks and gardens between the waters of the River Ill and the Doller), 3 tram lines, 240 self-service bicycles
Labels : City of Art and History, 2010 Sustainable Development ribbon, 3 fl owers, Famille Plus (caters well for families)
Proverb : Mulhouse the creative Alsace
Jersey wearers after the stage 21
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Who is the most likely to win stage 21 on the Champs-Elysées?
- Marcel Kittel37.14%
- Alexander Kristoff12.44%
- André Greipel7.74%
- Mark Renshaw2.15%
- Peter Sagan40.53%