At the bottom of the mountains, this city is for the Tour de France travelers a perfect doorway to the Alps. Men attempting long breakaways have often triumphed, like Jean-François Bernard clinching his first stage victory in 1986 or Pierrick Fédrigo twenty years later. On the last two visits, the finishes in Gap crowned a World Champion in 2011, Norway's Thor Hushovd, and two years later a future rainbow jersey wearer, Portuguese Rui Costa.
Prefecture of Hautes-Alpes (05)
Specialities: tartes de Champsaur (prune tart), cheese, pâtés, tourtons (beignets), oreilles d'âne (spinach gratin), Gap ravioli, lamb, golden delicious apples
Economy: services, tourism, construction
Sports: Rapaces de Gap (ice hockey), Gap FC (CFA)
Personalities: Guillaume Farel (protestant notable), Baron de la Doucette (prefect, MP and writer), Gilles Grimandi (footballer), Sébastien Ogier (world rally champion)
Festivals: International Festival of Folk Dances, Mountain Cinema Festival, Amateur Theatre Festival
Jersey wearers after the stage 1
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Sponsorship and Environment
Since it was founded, Amaury Sport Organisation has been involved in various sponsorship and philanthropy activities. It is the generosity of sport that can be found in a certain number of initiatives aiming to invest in the workings of the disciplines themselves (sponsorship of the French Federation of Cycling), in a humanitarian and social framework, (Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, Actions Dakar, Un Techo Para Mi Pais) or in the environmental sphere (Madre De Dios, selective sorting, etc.). Read more
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