Saturday July 14th, 2012

Stage 13Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux / Le Cap d'Agde

Start 11h55 GMT 2+

Greipel earns a third... in anything but an ordinary sprint stage

A long transitional stage can, at times, be a procession but the 13th stage of the 2012 Tour was anything but an stock standard sprint stage. A steep hill 23km from the finish ensured that some of the big name sprint specialists were eliminated from the rush to the line. And then, in the final kilometre we were again reminded of the strength of Bradley Wiggins who was the last lead-out man before the sprinters who were able to stay in contact with the front group over the Mont Saint-Clair opened hit the turbo buttons. It was an effort from the race leader that almost delivered Edvald...

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Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux is a charming village in the Drôme Provençale, which nestles among vineyards, truffle oaks and fields of lavender, and manages to combine heritage, the land, authenticity and conviviality. Beneath it, the village’s former inhabitants have left behind a number of relics from the prehistoric age, from antiquity and the middle Ages. The mediaeval cathedral, a remarkable example of Roman architecture, is emblematic of the town, sitting majestically in the centre of the village. Inside the city walls, you will discover a host of attractions: mansions, charming little squares adorned with fountains and outdoor cafes. Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux is also a gastronomic delight, best known for its truffles, providing 60 per cent of France’s truffles to the market, as well as its wine (AOC wines from Grignan-les-Adhémar) and its many great restaurants. The influence of the village also goes beyond its walls – it’s also known for its children’s book festival, its soul jazz festival, its classical music festival – Les Musicales en Tricastin – and a film festival.

The old town centre of Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - @ C. Fougeirol Provencal countryside around Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - @ P. Huguet
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Drome department  (26)
Population: 8,940 (Tricastins, Tricastines)Specialities : black truffle of Tricastin, coteaux du Tricastin wines, olive, picodon, lavender.
Celebrities : Payan brothers (French Revolutionaries), Patrice Leconte (director)
Sport : Rando des collines (mountain-bike), Saint-Paul–Trois-Châteaux triathlon.
Economy : Tricastin nuclear site (6,000 jobs), coating.
Festivals : Truffle festival, Film fesrtival, Children bookfair. 

Le Cap d'Agde

Set up at the beginning of the 1970s, the Cap d'Agde resort has become, in the space of 40 years, a leading example of a seaside holiday resort with today nearly 175,000 overnight stays. Created by the Interministerial Mission for Territory Management, headed by Pierre Racine, designed by architect Jean Le Couteur, in 2010 it saw its Port Saint-Martin district named Heritage of the 20th Century. Le Cap d'Agde is the emblematic resort of the town of Agde, founded 2,600 years ago by the Greeks of Phocee. A stategic place due to its location in the Gulf of Lion, Agde is situated between the borders of three areas of water: the Mediterranean Sea, the Herault River and the Canal du Midi. Its economy, for a long time centred around the sea and viticulture, is today primarily based on tourism, since it welcomes at the height of the summer season up to 300,000 people. Agde, which means good fortune - from its Greek name Agathe Tyche - has retained many traces that make up its rich heritage including the largest French collection of bronze antiques found in situ and collected together at the Ephebe Museum.

the Archipel Aquatics Centre, opened end 2010, adds to the tourist appeal of the resort - © Laurent Arnaud Aerial view of the resort of Cap d'Agde - © Laurent Arnaud The historic heart of the city of Agde - © Laurent Arnaud Le Quai Jean Miquel today, entirely renovated - © LUZ
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Seaside resort on the commune of Agde in Herault (34)
Population: 23,000 (Agde)Specialties : rosé wine, fish, anchovy, bourride (fsh soup).
Economy : tourism.
Nickname : The black pearl (Agde)
Sport : RC Olympique agathois (football)
Celebrities : Pierre Barthes (tennis player), Laeticia Hallyday, Claude Terrisse (corsair)
Festivals : International chess meeting. Hérault du cinéma.

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