Alexis Vuillermoz delivers the first French stage victory of the 2015 Tour de France one year after another AG2R-La Mondiale, Blel Kadri, paved the way for his compatriots one year ago. He counter-attacked after an acceleration by Chris Froome 800 metres before the top of Mûr de Bretagne and surprised Dan Martin who started his effort too late and came second. Froome retained the yellow jersey ahead of the team time trial set to finish in Plumelec where the winner of the yearly Grand Prix...
I had targeted Mur de Huy and Mûr de Bretagne. It was pretty good to be third in Huy. Today, I was prepared for losing and taking risks for winning. I decided to attack twice, firstly in the steepest part, secondly after I had recovered a bit and Chris Froome had accelerated. I knew this kind of finish suited me as I am a punchy climber. I haven't been surprised to ride away but it's been hard to stay away. It's been a violent effort. In the first few minutes after I passed the line, I...
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Tour de France 2015 - 11/07/2015 - 8ème Etape - Rennes / Mur de Bretagne - 181,5 Km - Alexis VUILLERMOZ (ALM), vainqueur du jour et Brice FEILLU (BSE) © ASO/G.Demouveaux
A sporting view
In terms of sports, the capital of Brittany is mainly represented by its football club, the Stade Rennais. Its youth system indeed produced star players such as Sylvain Wiltord, Mikaël Sylvestre or Yoann Gourcuff. But cycling naturally has a key importance. The city was indeed the place of birth of the last rider from Brittany to wear the Yellow Jersey, Stéphane Heulot. Although he was born in Saint-Méen-le-Grand, some forty kilometres away from Rennes, the town is mainly known for Louison Bobet, one of the most prestigious champions of French cycling and first rider to conquer three consecutive editions of the Tour.
Prefecture of Ille-et-Vilaine (35)
Economy: universities, local government, automotive industry, media, connector industry, computers
Specialities: galette saucisse, parlementin de Rennes (almond, apple and cider pastry), Breton specialities
Sport: Stade Rennais (L1), Rennes Volley 35
Personalities: Paul Féval (novelist), General Boulanger, Charles Vanel (comedian), Étienne Daho (singer), Stéphane Heulot (cycling), Charles Biétry (journalist), François Pinault (entrepreneur)
Festivals: Trans Musicales, Festival Gourmand, Tombées de la Nuit, Quartiers d'été
The common only welcomed one stage finish of the Tour during the 2011 edition. On that year's stage 4, future Yellow Jersey Cadel Evans had surprised the field and Alberto Contador at the end of an intense and smartly timed final sprint while the Spaniard was maybe to keen to lift his arms in the sky. The long and steep straight had been named the Alpe-d'Huez of Brittany well before that outcome. On the 1947 Tour, the climb was placed halfway through a time-trial which had another difficulty: its impressive length of 139 kilometres! Jean Robic had positioned himself as a clear title contender before triumphing two days later in Paris.
Capital of the canton of Côtes-d'Armor (22)
Economy: green, nautical and river tourism, shops, agro alimentary industry, hydroelectrics
Specialities: pancakes, butter biscuits, venison terrine, farmhouse cheeses
Sport: Côte de Mûr-de-Bretagne, France canoeing and kayaking championships
Personalities: Budic (Count of Nantes), the Rohans, Camille Corot (painter)
Festivals: Summer market, Biozone fair, sport events on Lake Guerlédan
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