Another notch in Marcel Kittel's belt. The best sprinter in the world claimed his third win in four stages at this year's Tour de France, but his triumph opposite Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille was much more difficult than the previous ones. The Giant-Shimano colossus failed to anticipate Alexander Kristoff's burst of raw power and had to squeeze every ounce of power he had to overtake the Norwegian, taking a Northern-flavoured stage which saw Chris Froome take a tumble at the very beginning....
Involved in a long break with Spaniard Luis Mate then on his own, Thomas Voeckler again shone on a Tour de France. And above all, he enjoyed himself.
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A sporting view
Among the nicknames given to the coastal resort, “Paradise of sports” underlines the diversity of activities set up at Le Touquet. One of the oldest golf courses was designed there back in 1904, while Suzanne Lenglen won the local tennis tournament in 1913. Later, Thierry Sabine launched the Enduro bike race in 1975. The huge beaches and windy conditions inspired the creation of the sand yacht, a machine conceived by local man, Henry Demoury. The Tour stages at Le Touquet, in 1971 and 1976 saw the victories of Mauro Simonetti, and Freddy Maertens in a time-trial.
Town in Pas-de-Calais (62).
Resort on the Opal Coast
Population : 5,600 inhabitants (Touquettois). At its peak more than 250,000 visitors during the summer
Economy : Year-round tourism (70 restaurants, 1,200 rooms), camping, caravaning
Culture : 20 buildings classed as historic monuments, museum, lighthouse. Events: Pianos Folies, Book Fair, ArTouquet, International Festival of News
Sport : 51 sports clubs including TAC Cycling and TAC Cyclo Tourism, Touquet Tennis Club, Horse Society, golf, Blériot Club (sailing and sand yachting), Hockey Club, Volley Club, Touquet Classic Car Club, TAC Football. Sports
Events : Enduropale, Le Touquet - Pas-de-Calais Car Rally, Touquet Raid Pas-de-Calais, Opal Coast International Golf Pro-Am, Louis Blériot Cup, International Show Jumping Competition, International Hockey Tournament, Junior Davis Cup, Touquet-Paris-Plage Historique, France Polo Open, International Women's Open Tennis
Specialities : moules-frites (mussels and chips), Welsh rabbit, ratte potatoes, soupe de poisson Pérard (fish soup), Chat Bleu chocolates Sustainable Development : 20 km of cycle lanes, cycle hire, electric shuttles
Through its geographical position, Lille played a major role in all the historical turning moments of the Flanders area. For the Tour, the Northern capital also represents a perfect entering point to the race, allowing the town to host the Grand Départ in 1960 and 1994. Twenty years ago, a phenomenon from Great Britain had impressed on the prologue. Flying to victory for his very first appearance at the Tour, track specialist Chris Boardman established a record average speed of 55,152 km/h which still remains in the history books.
Préfecture du Nord (59)
Population : 228,000 inhabitants in Lille (Lillois), 1,125,000 inhabitants in the 85 communes of the Metropole
Economy : six sectors of excellence: (new technologies/image,
textiles/fashion/design, bio/nutrition/health, distribution and distance selling, eco-activities, higher tertiary sector) six centres of excellence: Euralille, Eurasanté, Haute-Borne, Euratechnologies, CETI (European Centre for
Innovative Textiles), Plaine Images
Culture : Citadelle Vauban, Lille old town, Palace of Fine Arts, La Piscine de Roubaix Museum), MUba Eugène Leroy, Opera, Théâtre du Nord, National Orchestra, Concert d'Astrée, braderie de Lille fl ea market
Sport : LOSC (football League 1), ESBVA-LM Basketball, LM Rugby, Roubaix Lille Métropole (cycling). Events: Paris - Roubaix, Half-marathon, Route du Louvre, Euro 2016.
Specialities : carbonnade fl amande (Flemish stew), potjevleesch (potted meat), cheeses (Old-Lille, Maroilles), beers, juniper
Sustainable Development : V'Lille (self service bicycles), 500 km of cycle lanes, 428 bus, tram and metro lanes, the Mosaic gardens, Parc du Héron, Les Prés du Hem (natural parkland around a lake)
Labels : Lille and Roubaix, Towns of Art and History, the UNESCO world heritage belfries of Armentières, Comines, Lille and Loos
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