Blel Kadri of AG2R-La Mondiale was the only survivor of the breakaway. Therefore, he delivered the first French stage win of the 2014 Tour de France whereas the battle of the giants gave a little advantage to Alberto Contador who moved up to the top ten on GC. But the Spaniard only regained three seconds from Vincenzo Nibali who reached a new summit: the 200th day of an Italian in the lead of the Tour de France.
News from the sick bay…
Already involved in a controversial crash in the finale of stage 7 in Nancy, Andrew Talansky (GRS) fell again in Saturday's stage and lost precious time.
According to the medical communiqué, the American, winner of the last Dauphine, suffers from "multiple contusions".
35th in the stage, 4:35 adrift, the Garmin Sharp team leader is now 16th overall, 4:22 behind Vincenzo Nibali.
The stage in videos
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The stage in pictures
Tour de France 2014 - Etape 8 - Tomblaine / Gérardmer - 12/07/2014 - Blel KADRI félicité par ses équipiers peu après l'arrivée © ASO/B.Bade
A sporting view
This neighbouring common of Nancy entered the club of stage towns of the Tour de France in 2012. It also hosts the Marcel Picot Stadium, home to the AS Nancy-Lorraine football club. It was here that Michel Platini made his professional debut. After a tremendous career, he organised his jubilee there in the spring of 1988:
a game that would include Pelé, Diego Maradona and Platini, three of the best players of all time. Platini and Maradona on the pitch and Pelé watching from the stands.
Capital of Meurthe-et-Moselle (54)
Population : 8,000 inhabitants (Tomblainois). One in three residents is less than 19 years old
Economy : The airfi eld in Grand Nancy takes up 28% of Tomblaine, the Ateliers CINI produce prototypes for the automobile and aeronautics industries
Culture : renovation of the oldest building in the town, the old farm at the school of agriculture where Pasteur stayed and worked for several weeks, Espace Culturel Jean Jaurès (theatres and sports halls), Lorraine Regional
Sports Hall. Festival: Aux Actes Citoyens (theatre)
Sport : one in four people is a member of a sports club, l'AS Nancy-Lorraine (football, League 2) plays at the Marcel Picot Stadium, Tomblaine Basketball Club (regional level), Go-karting circuit Kart'eam, Lido Swimming pool
Specialities : mirabelle plums, bergamot. Ancient market gardens
Sustainable Development : 19 km of cycle paths, 17 hectares in the heart of the city on the île du Foulon and the île de l'Encensoir classed as a Sensitive Natural Area
Label : Child friendly town
Gérardmer La Mauselaine
The city owes its nickname, the “Pearl of the Vosges”, to Abel Hugo, brother of Victor who had been moved by the beauty of the lake just by the town. The memory of Gerardmer must also be moving for Pieter Weening who captured the greatest win of his career after a stage in Germany and France that had started in Pforzheim during the 2005 Tour. The young Dutchman had beaten to the line his only rival on the day, Andreas Kloden, by just 0,0002 of a second!
Capital of Vosges (88)
Mountain tourist resort
Maximum altitude: 1,140 metres
Population : 9,250 inhabitants (Géromois). 20,000 visitors at its peak winter period
Economy : First tourist office in France (created in 1875), winter sports resort: La Mauselaine (alpine skiing) and Les Bas Rupts (nordic skiing), hotels and restaurants, many top chefs, wood and textile industries
Culture : Traditional farmhouse from the XVI century called Immeuble Chevroton, Congress Centre. Fantastic' Arts (international fantastic fi lm festival, 21st edition 2014), Rencontres du Cinéma (18th edition en 2014), Daffodils festival (next edition spring 2015)
Sport : alpine ski (free shuttle, 21 pistes, 12 ski lifts, 2 chair lifts), nordic skiing (30 km of pistes), ski jumping, Gérardmer Triathlon X Terra. Sports complex (ice skating and pool)
Specialities : blueberry pie, mirabelle plums, tofailles (stewed potatoes), chique (white cheese with garlic and chives), smoked meats, potato pancakes, lorraine paté
Labels : 3 flowers, Famille Plus (recognised to cater well for families)
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