Wednesday July 22nd, 2015

Stage 17Digne-les-Bains / Pra Loup

Start 12h55 (Local time)
  • Geschke proves attackers right at Pra Loup

    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...

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The stage in videos

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On-board camera

  • On-board camera
  • Landscape of the day
  • Buzz of the day
  • The Flamme rouge - The last kilometre
  • Summary
  • La minute maillot jaune LCL
  • Magazine
  • [Official Teaser] Tour de France 2015
  • Stage Analysis by Bernard Thevenet (2-time...
  • Safety 2015
  • Parc naturel régional du Verdon

The stage in pictures

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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

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A sporting view

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  • Leaders
  • Caravan
  • Start town
  • Finish town
  • Feeding zone
  • Checkpoints
  • Sprint
  • Last kilometre
  • Hors catégorie climb
  • Points of interest
  • Cobblestones sectors

Tourist attractions

Digne-les-Bains

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.

Web sites

Allos © Laurence Poulange
12 times a stage town
17,000 inhabitants
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).
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  • Leaders
  • Caravan
  • Start town
  • Finish town
  • Feeding zone
  • Checkpoints
  • Sprint
  • Last kilometre
  • Hors catégorie climb
  • Points of interest
  • Cobblestones sectors

Pra Loup Station de
Montagne

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.

Web sites

Bernard Thévenet © ASO © B. Papon
Twice a stage town
Tourist resort in Alpes de Haute-Provence (04) attached to the municipality of Uvernet-Fours (630 inhabitants)
Specialities: fumeton (lamb), génépi (liqueur), Ubaye cheese.
Economy: tourism
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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