Richie Porte made a big step towards becoming the first Australian to win Paris-Nice with his shrewd, impressive victory at the top of Montagne de Lure at the end of stage 5. The Team Sky leader rewarded his team-mates for their precious work in this 176-kms ride from Chateauneuf-du-Pape but also outwitted yellow jersey holder Andrew Talansky (GRS), probably too bold and inexperienced, who wasted time and energy attacking three times in the finale. The young American showed temperament and character but now lies 32 seconds behind the new leader overall, a gap which seems difficult to bridge...Read more Key moments
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a holiday destination for some of the popes of Avignon (Clément V, Jean XXII and Clément VII) has been admired for its beauty and tranquillity since the 14th century. Each year, during the 1st week of August, the town recounts its history through the Véraison Medieval Festival and the historical re-enactments at the foot of the former Templar fortified castle.
The AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape, delineated in 1933, is located on the left bank of the Rhône, between Orange and Avignon. The area stretches over 3,200 hectares. The region benefits from a great diversity of soils, and in particular large pebbles which enable the grapes to reach an optimal level of ripeness. Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine can come from thirteen different varieties of grape. The low output as well as the sorting required during harvesting guarantee both the consistency and the quality of this great Rhône Valley wine. The coat-of-arms bottle, launched in 1937 by the wine growing federation, remains a symbol of success of which the wine growers of this designation are very proud.
La Montagne de Lure
The area of Forcalquier-Montagne de Lure is a land of contrasts where flavours and fragrances take pride of place. A former earl's town, Forcalquier boasts a breath-taking view from the top of its citadel over the narrow streets and Notre Dame du Bourguet, the 12th century cathedral. A small road leads out of the town, crossing the exceptional site of Les Mourres through an incredible landscape out of which strange geological shapes emerge. After the village of Fontienne, a winding descent leads to Saint-Etienne-les-Orgues, following which the final stage, La Montagne de Lure, can be seen, culminating at 1,826 metres, linking the Alps and the Mediterranean together. A symbolic site in Haute-Provence, La Montagne de Lure is also home to the "Lure Challenge", a year-round cycling challenge for enthusiasts looking to time their ascent of La Montagne de Lure by bike. This fun and sporting initiative confirms the region's active cycling-centred development!
Jersey wearers after the stage 7
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