Anyone who doubted the strength of Chris Froome and his Sky team at the 100th Tour de France was reminded that although two men are no longer there as support, the Kenyan-born Brit is The Dominant rider of the 2013 race. With great support from Peter Kennaugh and Richie Porte on the final climb - and a dream lead to the epic encounter on Mont Ventoux in the final 20km of the longest stage of this year's Tour - the leader of the Sky team put on a display of climbing that will be talked about for a long time to come. This was racing at its finest with clever, well-time - and phenomenally...Read more Key moments
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Located where the Rhône and the Gier meet and mid way between Lyon and Saint-Etienne, Givors benefits from a privileged geographical position at the crossroads of road, motorway and rail networks. The town is part of Greater Lyon, made up Grand Lyon, Saint-Etienne Métropole, the agglomeration community of Porte de l'Isère and Pays Viennois. In ancient days this area was occupied by the Gallic people the Segusiaves and because it was here that the Rhône bends, the Romans made it a strategic position. Givors is also a resistance town and was awarded the Military Cross and the Combatant Cross, for demonstrating humanist values such as those shown by many workers groups and by its republican initiatives. Blessed with several quality sports facilities, it is also the birthplace of French International sports starts such as Djamel Bouras, gold medallist in judo at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and Sylvain Marconnet, International rugby player.
Chef-lieu de canton of Rhone (69)
Specialities: rigottes (goat cheese), muscat du Ventoux (black grapes), givordin. wine.
Economy: Total ACS, carbon, industry, metallurgy, dairy.
Sport: Stade Olympique de Givors (judo), SOG Givors (rugby), Club Pongiste Givordin (table tennis).
Celebrities: Jean-François Bony (painter), Jean Thevenot (journalist), Stephane Bullion (ballet dancer), Djamel Bouras (judo Olympic champion), Sylvain Marconnet, Pascal Pape, Cedric Desbrosse (rugby union)
Festivals: Nuits Mozaiques (July) Foire nationale de la paperasse (Novembrer), Festival of lights (December)
Labels: ville fleurie, station handisports
The last mountain before the sea, like ‘God's Tomb' according to René Char,it has overlooked the Comtadine Plain to the South and Drôme Provençale to the North, from on high for 95 million years. Mont Ventoux and its white Cretaceous rocks reach a height of 1,912 meters and extend 25 kms from West to East. Reforested at the end of the 19th century, notably with Atlas Ceder and Holm Oak and associated with other species (beech, larch, black pine), the slopes of Ventoux make up a Mediterranean forest ecosystem and are an ideal environment for stags, deer, chamois and wild boar. Higher up, towards the summit of the ‘Giant of Provence', ideal for hikers and cyclists, there are rare plants that can only be found in frozen landscapes, like the yellow and hairy Greenland poppy and the Spitzberg saxifrage. Finally, at the top of Mont Ventoux is the meteorological station built in 1882 that is not longer in operation. Now it is home to telecommunications services.
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