While Vincenzo's first victory in the Tour de France was already almost certain, France claimed back some of its past glory by placing two men on the race podium for the first time in 30 years after Saturday's final time trial in Perigueux, won by Tony Martin. The German's success was as predictable as Nibali's triumph yet the medal spots were up for grabs and Jean-Christophe Peraud used his experience and «rouleur» skills to clinch a runner-up spot while Thibaut Pinot...
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A sporting view
The second city of the Dordogne area is linked to some prestigious riders after hosting two time-trials. Already on the way to Perigueux but on a longer distance of 74.5kms, Jacques Anquetil sealed his 2nd victory on the Tour de France in 1961. In more recent times, Miguel Indurain captured the Yellow Jersey of the 1994 Tour on a course in the opposite direction, beating his closest rival, Tony Rominger by over two minutes.
Population : 28,000 inhabitants (Bergeracois), 56,200 inhabitants in the 27 communes of the Bergerac Agglomeration Community
Economy : viticulture, paper production, horticulture, fruit crops, duck and poultry breeding, chemistry, tourism (the Dordogne is, with more than 3 million visitors, the most popular part of France for domestic tourism)
Culture : Grottes de Lascaux (cave painting), Château de Monbazillac, Tow path from Bergerac to Prigonrieux, canal lateral to the Dordogne River, locks and hydroelectric dam at Tuilières with a special lift for migratory fi sh. Events :
Jazz en Chais, Festival Grain d'Automne (music and culture)
Sport : equestrian centres, fi shing course, canoing, golf, rugby. Events : La Grappe de Cyrano (Enduro from Bergerac to Montignac), numerous trails through the vineyards.
Specialities : Bergerac wines (13 AOC, appellations d'origine contrôlée including Pécharmant, Rosette, Monbazillac, Côtes de Bergerac and Bergerac)
Sustainable Development : 80 km of bike routes, 12 hiking trails, Caudeau green corridor, TUB (Bergerac Urban Transport), the Dordogne is classed as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO
The people of Perigueux have welcomed two time-trials in their city that already linked them to Bergerac, in 1961 and 1994. They also had the opportunity of seeing the pack go by in 2007. As the breakaway group went through the city, they certainly weren't expecting great things from a bruised and battered Sandy Casar who had hit a dog just after the start in Cahors. But once in Angoulême, the rider, used the second positions, finally conquered his very first stage on the Tour de France, eventually beating Axel Merckx, Laurent Lefèvre and Michael Boogerd to the line.
Population : 31,300 inhabitants (Périgourdins)
Economy : food industry, university town, hotel school, tourism
Culture : Gallo-roman tower in Vésone, remains of the Roman amphitheatre, Mataguerre tower, château Barrière from the XII century, Saint-Front Cathedral, Church of Saint-Étienne-de-la-Cité, Gallo-Roman museum of Vesunna, Museum of Art and Archeology in Périgord, Military Museum of Périgord. Festivals: Mimos (festival of mime), International Cookbook fair, Sinfonia (festival of Baroque
Sport : CAPD rugby (Fédérale 1). Events: petanque National, Gaz de France Open (women's international tennis tournament), les 100 tours des boulevards
(cycling), Half marathon, National showjumping
Specialities : Périgueux sauce (truffl e and foie gras), Périgueux pâté (foie gras and charcuterie truffl e in a pastry crust), nut cake, mushroom omelette, truffles
Sustainable Development : 5 km of cycle paths, 15 km of green lanes in the residential areas. Marianne d'or for sustainable development for the regeneration of the Gour-de-l'Arche area in 2013
Labels : Town of Art and History, 4 flowers, Child friendly town, tourist resort
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