The first stage of the 100th Tour de France was designed to end with a sprint. That's how it panned out but it was anything but a standard finish in Bastia. Ultimately it was a sprinter with a great reputation, Marcel Kittel, who lived up to expectations and claimed the win and the first yellow jersey of the 2013. "This is the greatest day of my life,"he declared at the finish. "This is absolutely something that's outstanding."That was his appraisal after a manic end to the first stage of the Tour to ever be contested in Corsica. The race jury was forced to make quick decisions and...Read more Key moments
The stage in videos
- Summary - Stage 1 (Porto-Vecchio > Bastia)
- Image of the day
- Landscape of the day
- Magazine 100% Passion / Corsica
- Magazine - Creation of the Tour
- Analysis of the stage
A sporting view
At the heart of the Island's Extrême-Sud micro-region, Porto-Vecchio, Corsica's third town, is bordered to the East by the Tyrrhenian Sea and to the West by the Ospedale massif. This privileged location between the sea and the mountains has made it the prime tourist destination on the ‘Isle of Beauty' and its population increases tenfold over the summer period. Between water sports and general sightseeing nearly 100,000 holiday makers come to enjoy the turquoise waters and the magnificent beaches of Palombaggia and Santa Giulia. To welcome them, Porto-Vecchio has an extensive range of accommodation and easy access thanks to its commercial port, its marina and the International Sud Corse Figari Airport situated nearby.
Also known as the ‘Salt Town' due to the salt production that made up a large part of the local economy. Over the last few years they have developed more town based projects destined to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. For example, the Prunellu Sports Complex that has just been completed alongside other ventures such as the Cultural Centre and the Casa di Lume, the Corsican regional cinema complex.
Pop: 11,800 Chef lieu de canton of Corse-du-Sud
Specialities: sartinese (cheese), Corsican delicatessen, AOC wines, olive oil, figatelli (sausage).
Economy: tourism, sea freight.
Celebrities: Jean-Paul de Rocca Serra (politician), Yves Loubet (rally), Priscilla Gneto (judo), Claude Papi and Nicolas Penneteau (football)
Sport: Criterium international - Memorial Jean-Marc Saladini (bowls) – Historical Tour of Corsica.
Culture: Regional Film Centre Casa di Lume (unique in Corsica) - Classical and cultural music festival (February), Scen'E Sonniu (April), Semaine de la Critique Cannes at the Cinémathèque (May), Lire au soleil (June), Porto-Vecchio Music Festival (July), International Latin Dance Festival, annual fair (September)
Label: exemplary port
On the Tyrrhenian sea, facing the tuscan archipelago, Bastia, classed as a town of art and history, is a city with a merchant tradition. Situated between the ‘Serra di Pignu' mountain and the coast it has been developed from the North to the South, between the Cap Corse and La plaine de la Maran and symbolises economic dynamism. Its commerical port rates regionally amongst the best in terms of passenger and freight transport whilst its Poretta-Bastia airport holds the second spot. Italy is present throughout Bastia. The historic centre and the Old Port area are made up of a labyrinth of winding streets the lengths of which are lined with high and sober facades in the style of Genoa and the baroque cities of Liguria. To the North, in the extended part of the town that dates to the 19th century, the ambiance is more evocative of Tuscany. Large, rectangular streets, punctuated with facades of a neoclassical style, make up an airy and carefully thought out urban landscape. Bordered by the sea, the huge Saint-Nicolas square, one of the largest in Europe, is the heart of the town where Bastians love to stroll and meet in the cafe terraces.
Prefecture of Haute-Corse
Specialties: sardines with brocciu, baccala (cod), fiadone (dessert), Pietra (beer)
Economy: second French passengers port, tourism, administrations.
Celebrities: Cesar Campinchi (former minister), Emile Zucarelli (mayor, former minister), Cesar Vezzani (tenor), Jean Nicoli (Resistance hero), Angelo Rinaldi (writer), Joseph-Marie Farinole (military), Adil Rami (footballer), Henry Padovani (former Police guitarist)
Sport: SC Bastia (football)
Culture: Italian film festival (Feburary), E teatrale (March), Notte di a Memoria (July), Spanish and Latin-American Film Festival (October)
Labels: ville d'art et d'histoire, ville fleurie (2).
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