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Nantua / Chambéry

Chambéry

Chambéry

A privileged doorway to all the valleys of Savoie, the area's Préfecture saw the peloton go by on almost all editions of the Tour. However, it'll be the first time the City of Dukes hosts a stage finish after having  welcomed an historic start in 1996. On that stage going to Les Arcs, Yellow Jersey Stéphane Heulot,  struggling with a knee injury had been forced to quit the Tour. The climb to the ski resort then saw the end of the Indurain era when the Spaniard suffered a terrible setback, eventually finishing the stage far behind the new leader, Evgueni Berzin.

Sainte-Chapelle, Chambéry © Thinkstock

Two previous stages
Prefecture of Savoie (73)

Population: 60,000 hab (135,000 for the 38 communes of the Chambéry Métropole - Cœur des Bauges community)

Specialities: crozets (pasta), Tome des Bauges (cheese), creation of the first chocolate truffle in 1895, Savoy cake. Wines of Savoie (AOC), vermouth, Opinel knives.

Celebrities: Jean-Jacques Rousseau (philosopher), Daniel Toscan du Plantier (film critic), Jean Bertolino (journalist and writer), Yann Barthès (TV personality), Vincent Lavenu, Samuel Dumoulin, Guillaume Bonnafond (cycling)

Sport: Chambéry Savoie Mont Blanc (handball, Division 1, French champions 2001), Stade olympique Chambéry (rugby union, Fédérale 1 = 3rd division), Chambéry Cyclisme Formation (AG2R La Mondiale reserve). Events: Odyssea Chambéry (charity run race), semi-marathon be Run

Economy: National Institute for Solar Energy, several big companies (Alpina Savoie, Folliet Coffees, Opinel Knives, Placoplatre), Digital Polytechnic, Savoie Mont Blanc University (14,000 students)

Heritage: château of the Dukes of Savoy (16th to 19th centuries), Saint-François-de-Sales cathedral (15th century), Saint-Pierre de Lemenc church and its crypt (11th century), fountain of the elephants, museum of fine arts, les Charmettes (Jean-Jacques Rousseau house), Eureka Gallery (scientific culture centre).

Festivals: Fête des éléphants, Festival Chambery BD (comics), First novel festival, Pharaonic (electronica), Foire de Savoie (Savoy Fair)

Sustainable development: velostation, bike lockers at the station, Chambery balconies (41-km cycling discovery circuit), no-pesticide territory

Labels: town of arts and history, connected territory, 3 flowers

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Chambéry and cycling

The gateway into all the valleys of Savoy, the prefecture of the department has seen the Tour peloton ride past or close almost every year. Oddly enough it will be the first stage finish in the City of Dukes, which hosted a doubly historical start in 1996. In this stage to Les Arcs, yellow jersey holder Stephane Heulot was forced out od the race with a sore knee while the final climb marked the end of the Miguel Indurain era when the Spaniard lost ground to then leader Yevgeny Berzin of Russia.

Obviously, Chambery featured prominently on the course of the Criterium du Dauphine with 14 stages and winners of the calibre of Jacques Anquetil or Indurain. The highlight of cycling's history in Chambery still remains the 1989 world championship, in which Greg LeMond emphasised his return to lost form by beating Dmitry Konyshev and Sean Kelly a few months after his second victory in the Tour de France. That same year, Jeannie Longo had conquered the fourth of her five women's world titles in the road race. Chambery is also the home of team AG2R-La Mondiale and hosts its training centre and reserve team. This is where 2016 Tour runner-up Romain Bardet trained in his younger years.

L’américain Greg Lemond devient champion du monde sur route à Chambéry en 1989 © Alain LandrainStéphane Heulot contraint à l’abandon sur le Tour de France 1996 © Presse Sports / FELJacques Anquetil à l’arrivée de sa victoire sur le Critérium du Dauphiné 1965 © Presse Sports

Two previous stages
Prefecture of Savoie (73)

Population: 60,000 hab (135,000 for the 38 communes of the Chambéry Métropole - Cœur des Bauges community)

Specialities: crozets (pasta), Tome des Bauges (cheese), creation of the first chocolate truffle in 1895, Savoy cake. Wines of Savoie (AOC), vermouth, Opinel knives.

Celebrities: Jean-Jacques Rousseau (philosopher), Daniel Toscan du Plantier (film critic), Jean Bertolino (journalist and writer), Yann Barthès (TV personality), Vincent Lavenu, Samuel Dumoulin, Guillaume Bonnafond (cycling)

Sport: Chambéry Savoie Mont Blanc (handball, Division 1, French champions 2001), Stade olympique Chambéry (rugby union, Fédérale 1 = 3rd division), Chambéry Cyclisme Formation (AG2R La Mondiale reserve). Events: Odyssea Chambéry (charity run race), semi-marathon be Run

Economy: National Institute for Solar Energy, several big companies (Alpina Savoie, Folliet Coffees, Opinel Knives, Placoplatre), Digital Polytechnic, Savoie Mont Blanc University (14,000 students)

Heritage: château of the Dukes of Savoy (16th to 19th centuries), Saint-François-de-Sales cathedral (15th century), Saint-Pierre de Lemenc church and its crypt (11th century), fountain of the elephants, museum of fine arts, les Charmettes (Jean-Jacques Rousseau house), Eureka Gallery (scientific culture centre).

Festivals: Fête des éléphants, Festival Chambery BD (comics), First novel festival, Pharaonic (electronica), Foire de Savoie (Savoy Fair)

Sustainable development: velostation, bike lockers at the station, Chambery balconies (41-km cycling discovery circuit), no-pesticide territory

Labels: town of arts and history, connected territory, 3 flowers

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Sights

Les Charmettes
Nestled in a small valley on the hills over Chambery, the house is the place where Jean-Jacques Rousseau stayed between 1736 and 1742. Listed as a historical monument, the house recently reopened following a renovation and two new circuits make it possible to discover the life and work of the philosopher using modern technology.
www.chambery.fr

The Roundhouse
Built between 1906 and 1910, this railway roadhouse, unique in France, is topped by a metal structure similar to Gustave Eiffel's works. Composed of two parts, the building is 34 metres high, 110 metres wide and weighs 900 tons. Preserved and restored by SNCF, it is still used for the maintenance of locomotives and also houses several historical engines.
patrimoine.chambery-tourisme.com

Le Château
The château of the Dukes of Savoy regroups several building constructed from the 13th to these days. Home to several administrations for nine centuries, the castle now houses the services of the prefecture and the local council. Some buildings are open to visits, like the Holy Chapel, of late Gothic style, known to have sheltered the Holy Shroud of Turin.
patrimoine.chambery-tourisme.com

The Elephants
Better known as “Les 4 sans cul” (fountain of the bottomless four), the Fountain of the elephants has become the symbol of Chambery. It was built in 1838 as a homage to general De Boigne, benefactor of Chambery, and it was entirely restored in 2015. The 17.65-metres monument is both a fountain and a statue. It owes its nickname to the fact that it only shows the heads and trunks of the elephants.
patrimoine.chambery-tourisme.com

The cathedral
Built by Franciscan monks in the 15th century, it became a cathedral in 1817. It stands on 30,000 beams made of fir-tree and behind its austere façade, shelters a large collection of frescos in trompe-l'oeil style covering the walls and vault.  Its 1847 organ is preserved and is one of the biggest ones in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region.
patrimoine.chambery-tourisme.com

Eureka Gallery
The Eureka Gallery is the scientific culture centre of Chambery. Its permanent and temporary exhibitions display spaces of discovery and recreational experiences. Conferences and lectures are also organised on a daily basis.
www.chambery.fr

Cédric Pernot and the Fidèle Berger shop
Since 2011, pastry chef Cedric Pernot has settled in Le Fidèle Berger a historical boutique dating from 1832.
www.cedric-pernot.fr

Façade du Musée départemental d’histoire de la Résistance sur la commune de Nantua © BalerianFontaine des éléphants © Veronique DelabreFaçade de la Cathédrale de Chambéry © Nicolas FavrichonLe château des ducs de Savoie © Didier GOURBINVue sur la Rotonde de la gare de Chambéry © Florian PépellinVue générale de la maison des Charmettes © Chris Bertram

Two previous stages
Prefecture of Savoie (73)

Population: 60,000 hab (135,000 for the 38 communes of the Chambéry Métropole - Cœur des Bauges community)

Specialities: crozets (pasta), Tome des Bauges (cheese), creation of the first chocolate truffle in 1895, Savoy cake. Wines of Savoie (AOC), vermouth, Opinel knives.

Celebrities: Jean-Jacques Rousseau (philosopher), Daniel Toscan du Plantier (film critic), Jean Bertolino (journalist and writer), Yann Barthès (TV personality), Vincent Lavenu, Samuel Dumoulin, Guillaume Bonnafond (cycling)

Sport: Chambéry Savoie Mont Blanc (handball, Division 1, French champions 2001), Stade olympique Chambéry (rugby union, Fédérale 1 = 3rd division), Chambéry Cyclisme Formation (AG2R La Mondiale reserve). Events: Odyssea Chambéry (charity run race), semi-marathon be Run

Economy: National Institute for Solar Energy, several big companies (Alpina Savoie, Folliet Coffees, Opinel Knives, Placoplatre), Digital Polytechnic, Savoie Mont Blanc University (14,000 students)

Heritage: château of the Dukes of Savoy (16th to 19th centuries), Saint-François-de-Sales cathedral (15th century), Saint-Pierre de Lemenc church and its crypt (11th century), fountain of the elephants, museum of fine arts, les Charmettes (Jean-Jacques Rousseau house), Eureka Gallery (scientific culture centre).

Festivals: Fête des éléphants, Festival Chambery BD (comics), First novel festival, Pharaonic (electronica), Foire de Savoie (Savoy Fair)

Sustainable development: velostation, bike lockers at the station, Chambery balconies (41-km cycling discovery circuit), no-pesticide territory

Labels: town of arts and history, connected territory, 3 flowers

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L'avant-pays Savoyard

© Philippe Beluze

The Savoyard fore country Natura 2000 sites, which the mid-point of this stage runs along, concentrate a wealth of remarkable habitats such as wetlands, hot and dry grasslands and limestone cliffs. Straddling two biogeographical areas, these sites also host significant biodiversity, including a number of fish and bird species of Community interest, such as the European bullhead, the souffia, the woodcock, and the Eurasian eagle owl.

Read more: www.afbiodiversite.fr/fr/stage-9-nantua-chambery

jersey wearers after the stage 19

classifications after the stage 19

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