The legendary stage of the north of France including some cobbled sections has seen the abandon of defending champion Chris Froome who has crashed on two occasions... before the pavés. On a rain soaked day of racing, Lars Boom took a valuable victory in Arenberg-Porte du Hainaut, Vincenzo Nibali retained and increased his lead in the overall ranking while Alberto Contador lost more time than most of the other GC contenders.
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Tour de France 2014 - Etape 5 - Ypres - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut - 09/07/2014 - Thomas VOECKLER suivi de Yukiya ARASHIRO © ASO/B.Bade
A sporting view
Ypres, that will welcome the Tour de France for the very first time, also hosts, like in most of the towns of the country, a well established cycling meeting. The Kattekoers (Cat race) which refers to the tradition of getting rid of cats that were considered as a menace to the commercial prosperity of the city specialised in the cloth industry, was created in 1934. Back in 2006, Greg Van Avermaet conquered one of his very first successes. Ypres is also known as the birth city of André Noyelle, Olympic cycling champion in 1952, and Noël Vantyghem, winner of Paris-Tours in 1972.
West Flanders capital city. Ieper in Flemish
Population : 35,000 inhabitants (Yprois)
Economy : metal industry, construction, food, health, education, tourism
Culture : Grand Place, The Cloth Hall, belfry, The Menin Gate (every evening the bugle sounds The Last Post in homage to the victims of the First World War), The Knights Templars House, Saint-Martin Cathedral, Saint George Memorial church, military cemeteries, fortifi cations of Vauban, In Flanders Fields Museum, Merghelynck Museum, Belle Hospice Museum, Bellewaerde Park. Festivals: The City of Wings (street festival), Ypres Cat Festival.
Sport : Flac (athletics). Events: Kattekoers (the cat race, cycling), 100 km around Ypres hiking, Geko Ypres Rally (European Rally Championship)
Specialities : Tapjesvlees d'Ypres (braised meat with lardons cooked on a bed of vegetables), Tarte sénateur, Tartine d'Ypres (sweet bread with cinnamon), Patte de chat (Danish pastry shaped like a cat's claw) Cockerulle Cake (with almonds and candied fruit), Terrine de roussette (fish terrine)
Sustainable Development : Westhoek cycling network, bike hire, marked cycle routes, Ypres Salient pedestrian network
Labels : City of Cats, City of Peace
Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
The Arenberg quary punctuated the life of the Wallers common for most of the 20th century. Even after the mining site was closed down in 1989, most of the former miners were called upon to take part in Claude Berri's film, Germinal. In terms of cycling, Arenberg is also known for the famous “tranchée” where Paris-Roubaix is sometimes won and often lost, since it was introduced on the course in 1968, thanks to Jean Stablinski's idea. During the 2010 Tour, the finish line of a stage including several cobbled sectors saw Thor Hushovd triumph just by the old mine.
Population : 5,600 inhabitants in Wallers-Arenberg, commune in the Nord department (59) and seat of the urban community of Porte du Hainaut: 46 communes, 158,787 inhabitants
Economy : thirty business parks, railway, automotive, food, pharmaceutical, logistics industries, spas, tourism (hiking, Nature Park and Raismes Leisure park, water activities at the river port)
Culture : The Arenberg Mine, Saint-Amand Abbey Tower, the Italian-style theatre in Denain, Denain museums, Saint-Amand, Bouchain, Escaudain. Events: The Battles of Denain (son et lumière), Water Festival in Saint-Amand,
Sport : 12 top level clubs (basketball, water-polo, swimming, volley-ball, tennis, handball, cycling). Events: Horse Show, Course des Terrils (regional trail
run), Peace Race, Denain Grand Prix, Trouée d'Arenberg (cobbled section in the Paris – Roubaix race), Motorcycle Festival, Tennis Open
Specialities : Saint-Amand mineral waters, beers, “Le terril de Germinal” chocolates, “Le pavé d'Enfer” gâteau Sustainable Development: Saint-Amand river port awarded the blue fl ag, Ecological requalifi cation of the Scarpe
Labels : Wallers – Arenberg Mine, Historical site designated a UNESCO world heritage site
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Will the three stages in the Vosges determine the overall winner?
- Yes, they’ll confirm Nibali’s domination9.61%
- No, the real fight will happen in the Alps47.68%
- No, Contador will win the Tour in the Pyrenees30.74%
- No, Porte will beat them all in the time trial11.97%