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Romans-sur-Isère

Romans-sur-Isère

The peloton of the Tour never stopped in Romans. However, the riders of Paris-Nice have had the opportunity to enjoy its famous ‘ravioles': a first time in 1962 on the evening of Rudi Altig's victory, and then last spring to celebrate the win of Nacer Bouhanni. While the finish in the city will be a first, the peloton of the Tour has on numerous occasions been drawn by one of its child, cartoonist Roger Blachon. Romans is also the native city of one of the rising stars of French cycling, Pierre Latour, winner of a stage on this year's Vuelta.

Pont-Vieux, Romans-sur-Isère © Ville de Romans-sur-Isère

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Chef-lieu de canton of Drôme (26)

Population: 35,000 (215,000 for the 56 communes of Valence Romans Agglo)

Specialities: pogne (bun), ravioles (small raviolis), lunettes de Romans (pastry), shoes and chocolate

Celebrities: Alain Manoukian (shoemaker), Toros (Syrian sculptor), Philippe Saint-André, Gaëtan Germain, Jonathan Best (rugby union), Laurent Porchier (rowing, Olympic champion coxless 4 in 2000), Baptiste Reynet (football), Tony Moulai (triathlon), Pierre Latour (cycling), Roger Blachon (cartoonist, for L'Equipe among others)

Sport: Vélo Sprint Romanais Péageois, Valence Romans Drôme (rugby union third division), ASPTT (table tennis, National 1). Events: Urban Trail, 10 km of Romans, Pétanque Masters, International athletics meeting, BMX World Cup, Coupe des Rois (judo)

Economy: leather (Roux tanneries), shoes (Robert Clergerie, Laure Bassal), plastics (Groupe Courbis), shopping centres (Marques Avenue and its 62 boutiques), textile (1083, blue-jeans), ravioles (Saint-Jean)

Heritage: Saint-Barnard collegiate church (11th to 18th centuries), Recollets calvary (16th century), Jacquemart tower (12th century), historical centre and its townhouses (10th to 18th centuries) , museum of Résistance and deportation in Drôme, international shoe museum.

Festivals: Kermezzo (music, humour), World Culture and Tradition international festival. 

Sustainable development: ViaRhôna, bus station, Porte du Vercors (Vercors national nature park)

Signature: the shoe capital

Labels: Ville Active et Sportive, Elderly friendly town, 2 flowers

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Romans-sur-Isère and cycling

The Tour de France peloton never stopped in Romans but the Paris-Nice riders already had a chance to taste local specialty the ravioles – the first time in 1962 for a victory by Noel Fore and again in 2017 with a stage win by Nacer Bouhanni. The Criterium du Dauphine also visited the former “shoe capital” twice. While the race never stopped here, Romans-born cartoonist Roger Blachon often portrayed the riders in sports daily l'Equipe Romans is also the birthplace of one of the great prospects of French cycling, Pierre Latour, a stage winner on the Vuelta in 2016. “The Tour comes to my hometown. It would be great to ride my first Tour and come home,” he said after the Tour presentation in October.

The riders will still feel quite at home as stages started in 2010 and 2015 from Bourg-de-Peage, across the bridge from Romans over the Isere. 

Sébastien Joly sur le Tour de France 2009 © Presse Sports / Bernard PaponPierre LATOUR, vainqueur d'étape sur la Vuelta en 2016 © Graham WatsonNacer BOUHANNI vainqueur de l’étape de Paris Nice © Presse Sports / Bernard Papon

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Chef-lieu de canton of Drôme (26)

Population: 35,000 (215,000 for the 56 communes of Valence Romans Agglo)

Specialities: pogne (bun), ravioles (small raviolis), lunettes de Romans (pastry), shoes and chocolate

Celebrities: Alain Manoukian (shoemaker), Toros (Syrian sculptor), Philippe Saint-André, Gaëtan Germain, Jonathan Best (rugby union), Laurent Porchier (rowing, Olympic champion coxless 4 in 2000), Baptiste Reynet (football), Tony Moulai (triathlon), Pierre Latour (cycling), Roger Blachon (cartoonist, for L'Equipe among others)

Sport: Vélo Sprint Romanais Péageois, Valence Romans Drôme (rugby union third division), ASPTT (table tennis, National 1). Events: Urban Trail, 10 km of Romans, Pétanque Masters, International athletics meeting, BMX World Cup, Coupe des Rois (judo)

Economy: leather (Roux tanneries), shoes (Robert Clergerie, Laure Bassal), plastics (Groupe Courbis), shopping centres (Marques Avenue and its 62 boutiques), textile (1083, blue-jeans), ravioles (Saint-Jean)

Heritage: Saint-Barnard collegiate church (11th to 18th centuries), Recollets calvary (16th century), Jacquemart tower (12th century), historical centre and its townhouses (10th to 18th centuries) , museum of Résistance and deportation in Drôme, international shoe museum.

Festivals: Kermezzo (music, humour), World Culture and Tradition international festival. 

Sustainable development: ViaRhôna, bus station, Porte du Vercors (Vercors national nature park)

Signature: the shoe capital

Labels: Ville Active et Sportive, Elderly friendly town, 2 flowers

Web sites

Sights

International Shoe Museum
The International Shoe Museum of Romans is an invitation to travel across the world and discover a universal object, the shoe. The collection is displayed in the prestigious setting of the old convent of the Visitation. All kinds of shoes are being shown, from the most ancient to the most recent, the traditional and extravagant, the local and the exotic, with an emphasis on the works of the most famous shoemakers. Musketeers boots, Chinese bootees, medieval clogs… 16,500 items from the Antiquity to the 21st century are being exhibited in cells once occupied by nuns.

Saint Barnard Collegiate church
Built along the Isere in 837 by St Barnard, bishop of Vienne, the church was the starting point of Romans. It is exceptional for its mixture of Romanesque and Gothic styles. In the choir, 16th century frescos are remarkable by the wealth of their colours and geometric shapes. The large sacristy is home to superb woodwork in walnut wood from the 16th century. One of the jewels of Romans's heritage, the nine embroideries representing the Passion of the Christ are displayed in the chapel.

Way of the cross / Calvary of Les Recollets
A rich and young merchant draper, Romanet Boffin, devoted his life and money to the creation of a Way of the cross and a calvary, which became major monuments in the city. Some 25 stations retraced the Passion of the Christ and his resurrection. Completed around 1550 the two monuments were almost immediately destroyed by the Wars of Religion in 1562 In 1847, the Way of the cross comprised 40 stations and the monuments were listed as historical in 1986. Every year during Easter Friday, pilgrims flock to the Calvary, which celebrated its 500th anniversary in 2016.

Jacquemart Tower
The tower was the fortified gate of the first rampart built in 1164. It was raised in the 15th century to install a monumental clock. Restored in 1884, the Jacquemart tower is now 37 metres high. Equipped with a big toll and a carillon of 18 smaller bells, it used to strike the hour between 1429 and 2016.

Banks of the Isere
The banks of the Isere offer a remarkable view of the neighbouring landscapes (Vercos, hills of the Drome…) A green way along the banks, known as Chemin des Boeufs (Path of the oxen), is ideal for a safe and relaxing ride. 

Chemin des bœufs © Joël GarnierRomans-sur-Isère, vue aérienne du centre historique © Joël GarnierVue générale sur la Tour Jacquemart © Joël GarnierL’automate, plus connu sous le nom de Jacquemart frappait les heures de 1429 à 2016 © Joël GarnierLa Collégiale Saint Barnard © Joël GarnierMusée international de la chaussure © Joël Garnier

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Chef-lieu de canton of Drôme (26)

Population: 35,000 (215,000 for the 56 communes of Valence Romans Agglo)

Specialities: pogne (bun), ravioles (small raviolis), lunettes de Romans (pastry), shoes and chocolate

Celebrities: Alain Manoukian (shoemaker), Toros (Syrian sculptor), Philippe Saint-André, Gaëtan Germain, Jonathan Best (rugby union), Laurent Porchier (rowing, Olympic champion coxless 4 in 2000), Baptiste Reynet (football), Tony Moulai (triathlon), Pierre Latour (cycling), Roger Blachon (cartoonist, for L'Equipe among others)

Sport: Vélo Sprint Romanais Péageois, Valence Romans Drôme (rugby union third division), ASPTT (table tennis, National 1). Events: Urban Trail, 10 km of Romans, Pétanque Masters, International athletics meeting, BMX World Cup, Coupe des Rois (judo)

Economy: leather (Roux tanneries), shoes (Robert Clergerie, Laure Bassal), plastics (Groupe Courbis), shopping centres (Marques Avenue and its 62 boutiques), textile (1083, blue-jeans), ravioles (Saint-Jean)

Heritage: Saint-Barnard collegiate church (11th to 18th centuries), Recollets calvary (16th century), Jacquemart tower (12th century), historical centre and its townhouses (10th to 18th centuries) , museum of Résistance and deportation in Drôme, international shoe museum.

Festivals: Kermezzo (music, humour), World Culture and Tradition international festival. 

Sustainable development: ViaRhôna, bus station, Porte du Vercors (Vercors national nature park)

Signature: the shoe capital

Labels: Ville Active et Sportive, Elderly friendly town, 2 flowers

Web sites

Sables de l'Herbasse et des Balmes de l'Isère

© JC de Massary

At the very end of the stage, the riders cross the Natura 2000 site comprised of the sands of the Herbasse and the Balmes de l'Isère. This region is very fragmented due to the strong urbanisation of its environment. However, it displays a beautiful biodiversity by flaunting a mosaic of habitats and species of European interest (such as dry grasslands, the great crested newt and numerous bats).

Read morewww.afbiodiversite.fr/fr/stage-16-le-puy-en-velay-romans-sur-isere

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