It's been tight! BMC Racing Team won the atypical team time trial from Vannes to Plumelec on the 28km long stage that closed the first chapter of the 102nd Tour de France. The other two dominant teams were Sky who only lost by one second after creeping in the Cadoudal hill and Movistar who finished strongly but four seconds down. Chris Froome retained the lead of the overall ranking with an advantage of 12 seconds over Tejay van Garderen before the Pyrenees.
I'm kind of an advisor for Tejay van Garderen because this Tour seems a bit similar to 2011 when Cadel Evans won and I was there too. Whatever his statistics are, Tejay is in an incredible state of form. However, the main part of the race remains ahead of us. The Pyrenees will be a starter and the Alps our main dish. The first day in the mountains will come just after the rest day, that will make it extremely difficult. It's been twenty days since we last saw a climb and La...
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The stage in pictures
Tour de France 2015 - 12/07/2015 - 9ème Etape - Vannes / Plumelec - 28 Km CLM par équipe - Bernard THEVENET remet le prix de la combativité à Bernard HINAULT, son record de la montée de la côte de Cadoudal sur le prologue du Tour 1985 n'a pas été battu © ASO/B.Bade
A sporting view
The harbour of Vannes and its surrounding area welcomes shipyards and sailors who performed at the highest level in ocean racing: multihulls Orange, Orange II, Geronimo and Groupama III, were all built in the Multiplast workshop and sailed to glory in events such as the Trophée Jules Verne! The Tour de France will stop over in Vannes for the 12th time. This common history started some ninety years ago in 1925 with the stage victory of a future winner of the event, Nicolas Frantz.
Prefecture of Morbihan (56)
Economy: food, sailing, tertiary industry
Specialties: Seafood, gotchial (brioche), cola, beer and cider
Sport: Vannes Olympique Club (football), Rugby Club Vannetais, Vannes marathon
Personalities: Saint Patern, Nominoë (first ruler of Brittany), the Dukes of Brittany, Alain Resnais (filmmaker), Yves Coppens (palaeontologist), Patrice Loko (footballer), Benoît Vaugrenard (cyclist)
Festivals: Festi'Vannes, Semaine du Golfe, Brittany Book Fair, Jazz à Vannes, Fêtes d'Arvor
In this little common of Morbihan, cycling is a religion: three stage finishes of the Tour de France have indeed been decided there (1982, 1997 and 2008), added to a Grand Départ and a prologue claimed by Bernard Hinault in 1985! To add to the cycling frenzy, three French National Championships were organised there (1973, 1979 et 2003), and the keen fans can each year enjoy the Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan. Plumelec owes a part of this passion for cycling to its famous Côte de Cadoudal, a hill of close to 2,000 metres at an average of over 6 %. The finish line will be set at the top of this climb.
Municipality of Morbihan (56)
Economy: Agro alimentary industry
Specialities: andouille de Guémené, cider, potato pancakes
Sports: GP de Plumelec (cycling)
Personalities: Georges Cadoudal (Marshal of France), the lords of Callac, Captain Pierre Marienne (resistance fighter), Émile Bouétard (the first French solider to die in the Normandy landings), Colline Hill (author, composer, interpreter)
Festivals: Les Vendredis du Pays de Saint-Jean (juillet-août), Illumination du Calvaire de Ghéhenno (août)
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