Thursday July 14th, 2016

Stage 12Montpellier / Mont Ventoux

Start 12h15 (Local time)
  • De Gendt wins Ventoux stage, Froome has a big fright

    Thomas De Gendt and Serge Pauwels made another 1-2 for Belgium at Mont Ventoux after Greg Van Avermaet and De Gendt did it at Le Lioran on stage 5. They fought for stage victory from a breakaway group but Chris Froome was victim of a mechanical in the finale after he and Richie Porte had dropped Nairo Quintana before the finish at Chalet-Reynard. He crossed the line one and half minute after his main rivals on GC but he was reinstated in the yellow jersey by a jury decision.

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The stage in pictures

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Tour de France 2016 - 014/07/2016 - Etape 12 - Montpellier/ Mont Ventoux (184 km) - QUINTANA Nairo Alexander (MOVISTAR TEAM) © ASO/B.Bade

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Tourist attractions

On the road

Symbole de la région, le Pont du Gard permettait de conduire l’eau d’Uzès à Nîmes © Mimova

Population: 733,201
Prefecture: Nimes
Sub-prefectures: Ales, Le Vigan
Surface: 5,853 km2
Specialities: Brandade de Nîmes (mashed potato and cod), olive oil, pélardon (goat cheese), Truffle of Uzès, strawberry of Nimes, apple of Le Vigan, honey of Cevennes, rice and salt of Camargue, Wines of Costières and Côtes du Rhône (Laudun, Lirac, Chusclan, Tavel…), Camargue bull and Gardianne (bull stew), sweet onion of Cevennes, pottery in Anduze, basketry, stone quarries…
Sport clubs: Tennis (Virginie Razzano), Nimes Olympique (Football), Rugby Club of Nîmes, basketball, gymnastics, USAM handball, Uzès stud farm.
Competitions: Challenges Gard Pleine Nature (Trail, Mountain-bike, Duos), Etoile de Béssèges (cycling, February), Criterium des Cevennes, Semi-marathon of Nimes
Festivals: Nimes Festival in the Arena (2016: Muse, David Gilmour, Johnny Haliday, Kendji Girac…), Lives at Pont du Gard (July), Jazz in Junas (July), Nuits musicales of Uzès (classical), accordion festival in St Quentin la Poterie, fête de l'Europe in Bellegarde, medieval festival in St Gilles, basketry fair in Vallabrègues, Chamber music festival in Villevieille.
Economy: tourism, wine tourism, agriculture, wood industry, Areva, textile (Well), Perrier waters.
Websites: www.gard.fr / www.tourismegard.com / www.climattitude.gard.fr

Km 13 : Sommières

Vue aérienne de Sommières et son château médiéval © Circhirello Eddy

Population : 4,500
An attractive little town thanks to its chequerboard shaped medieval centre and the restored square tower of its medieval castle. The Roman bridge resisted the several floods of the Vidourle.

L’olivier compte parmi les symboles de ce département ensoleillé © Ell Brown

Population: 1,975,896
Prefecture: Marseille
Sub-prefectures : Aix-en-Provence
Surface: 5,087 km2
Specialities: Chocolates of Puyricard, calissons of Aix-en-Provence (almond and melon nougats), olive oil (valley of Les Baux), tapenade, soap, Provencal cakes, nougats, wines (Château de Beaupré, AOC Côtes de Provence, AOC Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, vin de pays des Bouches-du-Rhône), pastis (anise alcohol), bouillabaisse, pieds-paquets (stuffed mutton feet and guts with tomato sauce), pesto soup, aioli (garlic fish dish), anchoïade (garlic and anchovy dish), tomme de Camargue (cheese), alouette sans tete (beef rolls)
Sport clubs: Olympique de Marseille (football), Rugby Provence (Aix-Marseille), Union Athlétique de Marseille (basketball), Cercle des nageurs de Marseille (swimming, Fabien Gilot, Camille Lacourt, Mehdy Metella, Florent Manaudou), Cercle Nautique et Touristique du Lacydon (CNTL), Club de la Pelle (Yachting)
Competitions: UEFA Euro 2016, Marseille-Provence European Capital of Sport 2017, Mondial La Marseillaise à Pétanque (Marseille), Septembre en mer (September at sea, yachting, Marseille), Open 13 (tennis), Iron Man (triathlon), Massilia Cup.
Festivals: Aix International Lyrical Art Festival, Rencontres of Arles (photography), International Piano Festival in la Roque d'Antheron, Arles Feria, Fiesta des Suds (Marseille, October).
Economy: aeronautics, micro-electronics, metallurgy naval works, optical research, chemicals petrochemicals, building, telecom, GSM, textile and fashion, food industry, logistics, transports, services, health, medicine, biotechnologies, research, universities, tourism…
Websites : https://www.cg13.fr/ / http://www.ccimp.com/ / https://www.myprovence.fr/ / https://www.facebook.com/myprovenceofficiel/?ref=ts&fref=ts / https://www.instagram.com/myprovenceofficiel/

Km 13 : Sommières

Vue aérienne de Sommières et son château médiéval © Circhirello Eddy

Population : 4,500
An attractive little town thanks to its chequerboard shaped medieval centre and the restored square tower of its medieval castle. The Roman bridge resisted the several floods of the Vidourle.

Le palais des Papes d’Avignon © ABrockePaysage provençal typique © Brice

Population: 562,254
Prefecture: Avignon
Sub-prefectures: Carpentras, Apt
Surface: 3,567 km2
Specialities: natural sweet wines (Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, Rasteau, Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Luberon), olive oil, goat cheese (Banon, Picodon), lavender in Sault, pork of Ventoux, melon of Cavaillon, lamb in Sault, Monts de Venasque cherry, cherry of Comtat, honey, einkorn wheat.
Sport clubs: 81 cycling clubs (cycling, granfondos, mountain bike, BMX)
Competitions: Tour de France, Critérium du Dauphiné, women's Tour de l'Ardèche
Festivals: Avignon Festival In and Off (since 1947), Choregies of Orange (the oldest French festival created in 1869), Vaison Danses, Choralies of Vaison, Nuits de l'Enclave Festival in Grillon, Richerenches, Valréas and Visan (theatre, painting, sculpture), Summer Nights Festival in Gordes, Tremplin Jazz Avignon, Festival of Lacoste (theatre and opera), Les Musicales of Luberon (classical music).
Economy: food industry: Vaucluse, the garden of France, tourism, building and public works, crafts, commerce
Websites: www.vaucluse.fr / www.provenceguide.com / www.provence-a-velo.fr

Vaucluse is the heart of Provence with Luberon and its perched villages, its lavender fields, Mont Ventoux, Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a land of festivals, colourful markets, olive oil and good wines.
Mont Ventoux tops the department. Listed as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, it is home to a exceptional wealth of wildlife, plants and flowers. It is the kingdom of trekking and cycling. At its foot lie the orchards of Comtat Venaissin and Val de Sault where lavender rules.
An exceptionally sunny climate, preserved natural spaces, a sense of fun and tradition make Vaucluse the inland kingdom of Provence: Provencal Colorado, Orange amphitheatre, Palace of the Popes in Avignon, Melon of Cavaillon, vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape…. Key monuments, cultural events and a simple but tasty gastronomy made its reputation.

Km 13 : Sommières

Vue aérienne de Sommières et son château médiéval © Circhirello Eddy

Population : 4,500
An attractive little town thanks to its chequerboard shaped medieval centre and the restored square tower of its medieval castle. The Roman bridge resisted the several floods of the Vidourle.

Jersey wearers after the stage 21

Classifications after the stage 21

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