The 13th stage was one of back luck for the rider ranked second in the general classification; in the middle of a bout of action that was instigated by Omega Pharma-Quickstep at the 56km mark - and caused the peloton to split into three groups - the Movistar team leader had a rear puncture. Ultimately five team-mates waited for Valverde who suffered his mechanical at the 84km mark. He lost 37» to the yellow jersey's group that was paced by Belkin and Omega riders at a time when the second pelotonw as behind by 1'20». After a furious chase, Plaza (MOV) lost contact with the Valverde sextet...Read more Key moments
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- The towns 2013 : visit Saint-Amand-Montrond
- The towns 2013 : visit Tours
- Analysis of the stage
A sporting view
A gallo-roman city and then capital of the Kingdom of France, today a town of Art and History, Tours, lapped by the Loire, has, for all time, been the preferred residence for characters of renown : from Saint-Martin to Honoré de Balzac via Louis XI, Pierre de Ronsard, François Villon, François Rabelais, Léonard de Vinci and René Descartes. The Loire has shaped the history, culture, landscapes and heritage of the regions through which it passes. To visit these slate and limestone towns, cycling enthusiasts can follow the length of the river using the Loire bike route, 600 kms of secure, mapped out bicycle routes. And, to try some vin de terroir, there is no better place to visit than Tours sur Loire, a popular and festive tavern, that for the whole of the summer takes residence on the banks of the Loire under the pont Wilson. Attached to its history but looking to the future, Tours is currently in an important period of change, with the notable arrival next September of the first 15km tramline that will redefine the urban landscape.
Population: 137 000
Prefecture of Indre-et-Loire (37)
Specialities: Touraine wines, géline de Touraine, rillettes, andouillette au vouvray, nougat de Tours. Universities, industry, airbase, Cosmetic Valley.
Economy: tourism, hospital,
Sport: Tours volley-ball, Tours FC (football) Tours Joué basket, Paris-Tours, Enfants neptunes de Tours (swimming)
Celebrities: Saint Martin, Gregory of Tours, Francois Rabelais, Rene Descartes, Honore de Balzac.
Festivals: Désir Désirs (cinéma, May), Mauvais Genre (April), Tours métrages, Rayons frais (arts et la ville), Jazz en Touraine (September), A Tours de bulles (Comics).
Labels: Unesco World Heritage (Val de Loire), ville d'art et d'histoire, vielle fleurie (4), ville Internet.
In the heart of France, on the banks of the Berry canal, the Cher and the Marmande rivers, near to the Meillant and Tronçais forests, Saint-Amand-Montrond marries together its roots and its land with new technologies for a constantly changing quality of life. If its history has largely been linked to that of its fortress dating from the 13th century, the town is also famous for its ‘City of Gold'. This glass and steel pyramid is testament to the fact that for more than a century this was an area that specialised in jewellery and that today has 9 companies specialising in gold work as well as a professional school dedicated to jewellery. Furthermore, with two museums, a theatre, a cinema and an art and music school the artistic scene is of a very high quality whilst the architectural heritage is further embellished with nighttime lighting. Saint-Amand-Montrond is equally dynamic in the field of sport with almost 3,500 licences distributed in more than 30 associations that have specialist facilities at their disposal including an aqualudique centre.
Sub-prefecture of Cher (18)
Signature: a town in action
Specialities: sucrine du Berry, pâté berrichon (pie), poirat (pastry), truffiat ou tourte berrichonne.
Economy: goldsmithery, printing, aeronautics.
Sport: AS Saint-Amand (football), Etoile Saint-Amand (gymnastics), Cycling under-23 training centre. Trophee d'or (women's cycling)
Celebrities: Sully, le Grand Condé, Louis Lecoin (pacifist), Alain Mimoun (athlete), Herve Vilard (singer).
Festivals: Journées du livre (book fair, May), « les Affouages » (folk dancing, August), les Voix d'Or (sacred singing, September), Magic Festival (October)
Labels: ville fleurie (4), ville des metiers d'art.
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