In his third participation, Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin), 29, claimed his first Tour de France stage victory and the third success of his career after stage 2 of the 2011 Critérium International in Porto-Vecchio and the GP Gippingen in 2014. Known as a domestique, he rode away from a breakaway group with 50km to go and stayed away at col d'Allos to keep enough of a lead over of Thibaut Pinot who crashed in the downhill. Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey as he crossed the line along...
I couldn't go faster in the downhill of col d'Allos. I've seen the crashes so Alejandro and I preferred to play safe, for Alejandro to make the podium and for the teams classification. From that point of view, I'm satisfied with today's result because this classification means a lot to us. During the race, we decided to neutralize Contador's attack because he's a real threat for Alejandro's podium placing. Today I was almost at 100%. I didn't manage to dethrone Froome but now there'll be...
The stage in videos
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The stage in pictures
Tour de France 2015 - 22/07/2015 - 17ème Etape - Digne les Bains / Pra Loup - 161km - Bernard THEVENET honoré pour les quarante ans de sa victoire à Pra Loup. © ASO/G.Demouveaux
A sporting view
The city welcomed its first stage of the Tour de France in 1933, crowning the futur winner, Georges Speicher. The following year, it was again on a stage heading to Digne that Vietto had conquered his nickname, “Roi René” (King René) while Eddy Merckx won there with the Yellow Jersey on his shoulders on his first appearance in 1969. More recently, in 2005, David Moncoutié had claimed his second Tour stage after a 40-km solo effort. Three years later, victory went to Oscar Freire after a bunched sprint.
Prefecture of Alpes de Haute-Provence (04)
Specialities: lavender, Sisteron lamb, honey, olives, truffles, oils, garlic.
Economy: agriculture, tourism, spas
Sport: CA Dignois, (football) Enduro des Terres Noires (MTB), the sportiest city in France in 2006
Personalities: Alexandra David-Néel (explorer and writer), Étienne Martin (painter), Pierre Gassendi (philosopher), Alain Boghossian (footballer), Jean Milesi (cyclist)
Festivals: Rencontres cinématographiques de Digne (June), Festival I Elements Terre(biodiversity), Corso de la lavande (August).
Pra Loup Station de
While the southern Alps ski resort only welcomed two stages of the Tour de France, it was the theater of one of the turning points in cycling history: the end of Eddy Merckx's reign in 1975. After having won five editions of the Tour de France, “the Cannibal” suffered a major blow on the final climb of stage 15. Making it to Pra Loup with a 2-minute time deficit, Merckx would lose his last Yellow Jersey, headed to the shoulders of Bernard Thévenet. The Frenchman claimed his sixth Tour stage, a victory that would allow him to add his name, a few days later, on the victory list of the event.
Tourist resort in Alpes de Haute-Provence (04) attached to the municipality of Uvernet-Fours (630 inhabitants)
Specialities: fumeton (lamb), génépi (liqueur), Ubaye cheese.
Sport: Skiing, mountain bike.
Personalities: Honoré Bonnet, Carole Merle (skiing)
Festivals: Festival des Enfants du Jazz, festival of mountain film, Latino-Mexican Festival in Barcelonnette
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