Saturday July 2nd, 2016

Stage 1Mont-Saint-Michel / Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

Start 12h50 (Local time)
  • Mark Cavendish makes it 27

    Mark Cavendish claimed stage 1 of the 103rd Tour de France in Utah Beach as he outsprinted Marcel Kittel and Peter Sagan to take the first yellow jersey of his career. He previously led the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España. This is his 27th stage victory at the Tour de France. Like in 2011, Alberto Contador crashed during stage 1 as 81 kilometres were yet to be covered. However, the Spaniard crossed the line in the same time as all the favourites.

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The stage in pictures


Tour de France 2016 - 02/07/2016 - Grand départ - Mont-Saint-Michel/ Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (188km) - CAVENDISH Mark felicité par SAS Albert de Monaco © ASO/O.Chabe


On the road

 Le littoral escarpé, figure représentative de la Manche © D.Daguier

Population: 518,013
Prefecture: Saint-Lo
Sub-prefectures: Cherbourg, Avranches, Coutances
Surface: 5,938 km2
Specialties: seafood, Chausey lobsters, whelks, oysters in Blainville-sur-Mer or Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, Mussels in Barfleur, cider, cheese, salt marsh lamb, carots in Creances
Sports clubs: JSH Cherbourg (handball), Horse-ball Coup d'envoi in Agon-Coutainville, kayak club in Condé sur Vire.
Events: Normandy Horse show, Manche hrarbours sailing Tour, Baie du Mont saint-Michel marathon, Tour de la Manche and Tour de Normandie (cycling), Duo Normand (cycling), tennis challenger in Cherbourg, women's tennis open in Equeurdreville-Hainneville, Enduro des Sables in Agon-Coutainville, Slide Festival in Barneville-Carteret, Trail « La Barjo » in la Hague…
Festivals: Papillons de nuit in Saint-Laurent-de-Cuves, Jazz sous les Pommiers in (Jazz in the apple trees) Coutances, les Traversées Tatihou, Jazz en Baie, les sorties de Bain in Granville
Economy: food industry, breeding, marine energies, hydrogen, tourism, computers.
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Manche is the westernmost part of Normandy, a peninsula with strong character, proud of its singularity and one of the most maritime departments in France. Here you will not find urbanised seashores but rugged cliffs and long sandy beaches. From Mont St Michel to the Landing Beaches across Pointe du Contentin, 355 km of coastline are unfolding. To the horizon, the Anglo-Norman islands and Chausey can be seen. Manche offers a preserved environment suited to the practice of nature sports: trekking, bike and horse riding along the green ways.
Manche can also be found on the history books about Normandy: Vikings, William the Conqueror and more recently the 1944 Landing. Sainte-Mère-Eglise, Utah-Beach are names that ring a bell to remember D-Day.
Mont Saint-Michel and its bay, the Vauban towers in St Vaast la Hougue, listed as World Heirtage sites, the ports of Cherbourg and Granville, the wild landscapes of La Hague and Cote des Havres are some of the many riches of the department.

La mairie de Céaux © G069

Population: 450 inhabitants
Ceaux was the place where the so-called “Revolt of the bare-footed” broke out in 1639 to protest against the “gabelle”, the tax on salt. Severely repressed by Richelieu, the riots left 300 dead.


Jersey wearers after the stage 2

Classifications after the stage 2


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