Successes weren't celebrated at the end of stage 13 as a tribute was paid to the victims of the tragedy in Nice but Tom Dumoulin added a second stage win to his record after he claimed the queen stage of the Pyrenees at Andorra-Arcalis. He outclassed the other time trial specialists Tony Martin, Fabian Cancellara and Rohan Dennis on a difficult terrain where the wind played a key role while Chris Froome, second on the stage, increased his lead in the overall ranking.
“It was a dangerous stage but I felt good uphill. I suffered more on the flat because of the wind. Time trial isn't my forte so I expected to lose more time with regards to the favourites. It didn't go bad. I've ridden 50 minutes flat out. I'm still on the podium, that's where I wanted to be after the TT. Every day we keep fighting, then whatever happens happens. It's hard to see, it's a week to go, if you have a bad day, you lose minutes, so I don't want to stress.”
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The stage in pictures
Tour de France 2016 - 15/07/2016 - Etape 13 - Bourg-Saint-Andéol/ La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc (37,5 km) - Les différents leaders du classement déposent leurs fleurs sur le podium en hommage aux évènements de Nice © ASO/B.Bade
On the road
Sub-prefectures: Tournon-sur-Rhône, Largentière
Surface: 5,529 km2
Specialities: chestnut (AOC), Picodon cheese (AOC), Maoche, bombine, Caillette, olive, beef of Mezenc (AOC), potaoes (violine, truffole…) bilberries, raspberries, honey, wines with several ancestral grape varieties mike Chatus.
Sport clubs: Union cycliste of Aubenas, Rugby club Aubenas-Vals, ROC La Voulte-Valence (rugby union), US Aubenas basketball, Basket club Nord Ardèche, Pouzin handball.
Competitions: Boucles Drôme-Ardèche (cycling), L'Ardéchoise (granfondo), women's Tour de l'Ardèche, Monte Carlo rally, Rally of Vivarais (Octobrr), International Gorges de l'Ardèche marathon (canoe-kayak), Gorges de l'Ardèche triathlon, Pont d'Arc nature raid.
Festivals: Aluna (mid-June), Alba la Romaine circus festival (July), European cinema meeting (Aubenas, November), Documentary Film Festival (Lussas, August), festival of humourists (Tournon, August), Labeaume in music (July and August), Equiblues (Saint-Agrève, August), Festival Images et paroles d'Afrique (Images and Words of Africa Festival), Castagnades (October-November)
Economy: services, shops, tourism (1 million visitors per year), agriculture (breeding 34 %, viticulture 22 %, fruits 20 %)
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The time has long gone when Ardeche meant fresh air life and its gorges brimming with canoes, or a song by Jean Ferrat celebrating the return to nature. Ardeche has one of the strongest growths of population in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, the digital revolution has taken place and industry is thriving in the fields of automobile, composite material, food industry, clean energy while several famous brands (Kenzo, Lafarge, Hermès…) use the traditional skills of its inhabitants or adapt them to the modern era like in the sector of intelligent textile.
Still a haven for the lovers of nature sports, for food lovers, Ardeche is also home to the oldest painting gallery in the world. In the jewel of Pont dArc, the Chauvet cavern (a world heritage site), is now accessible to all thanks to its replica, a facsimile of the original.
Population: 920 inhabitants
On the commune can be found Aven Marzal and its museum of underground world as well as a prehistoric zoo, the Forest of Dinos. The village also has a museum of lavender.
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