Six years after winning stage 5 of the 2008 Critérium du Dauphiné and having scored only one victory since (stage 2 of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in 2009), Yuriy Trofimov raised his arms up in the air again in Gap. The 30 year-old Russian from Katusha rode away from the front group in the ascent to col de Manse but didn't threat Chris Froome's yellow jersey at the difference of AG2R-La Mondiale's Maxime Bouet who lost all his hopes on both stage and GC in the last fifteen kilometers.
TROFIMOV Yury (KAT) © ASO/G.Demouveaux
Montelimar is the second leading town in Drôme, and is ideally situated in the heart of the Rhone Valley and at the gateway to Provence. Renowned the world over for its nougat, the favourite sweet of Emile Loubet, former mayor and French President, Montelimar is also known for its mild climate and Provençal setting. It epitomises a harmonious way of life which extends through the Provençal alleys up to the Château des Adhémar, and from the public gardens to the Italian-style theatre.
In the heart of the magnificent Drôme Provençal countryside, the land of the vineyards, lavender, traditional crafts, and confectionary, Montélimar is also a town which prides itself on its dynamic local community. Among other things, the town plays hosts to and organises very high level sports events, such as stages of the Tour de France, Paris-Nice and the Critérium du Dauphiné, which return time and again to the Town of Nougat, to the delight of all of Montelimar's cycling fans.
Gap's old town centre is packed with numerous treasures just waiting to be discovered, including the majestic Notre Dame-et-Saint-Arnoux Cathedral, which is a listed building. Stroll through the colourful streets in the heart of the town and linger on one of the atmospheric Provençal terraces. Voted France's “Most Sporting Town” in 2013, Gap has a close relationship with the mountains. The great outdoors is but a stone's throw away from the town, rising up to the lofty peaks of Charance. At its foot, in the estate of the same name, in addition to the remarkable gardens and panoramic views over the countryside, a unique network of trails awaits. With a landscape which is also suited to cycling, the valleys of Gap offer more than 700km of cycling trails and no less than 14 waymarked mountain bike circuits. Slightly further away, Céüze is a well-known rock climbing site, and at the Gap-Tallard Aerodrome, parachuting, paragliding, hot air ballooning, gliding, planes, helicopters and microlighting are on offer. If that's still not enough, try out your golf swing at Gap-Bayard on a technical and varied undulating 18-hole course. Welcome to Gap, a town with one foot in the lavender fields and the other in the edelweiss!
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