Thursday July 6th, 2017

Stage 6Vesoul / Troyes

Start 12h25 (Local time)
  • Christian Prudhomme's comment

    The sprint purists will have dissected and appreciated the possible scenario dictated on this flat stage by the teams of the best specialists. Riding through the Plateau de Langres, and passing through Colombeyles-Deux-Églises, the chase of the escapees should be perfectly planned. It'll then be the turn of the lead out trains to take command on the large avenues of the centre of Troyes.

Tourist attractions

On the road

Population: 238,347  

Prefecture: Vesoul

Sub-prefecture: Lure

Surface: 5,360 km²

Specialities: Cancoillotte and munster (cheese), wines of Charcenne and Champlitte, Biscuits of Montbozon, Luxeuil ham, glass and crystal manufacture of Passavant la Rochère, AOC Kirsch in Fougerolles.

Sport clubs: Tri Val in Gray (triathlon), Cercle Sportif Vésulien Haute-Saône (handball), Handball Club Lure Villers (Handball), Groupe Triathlon Vesoul Haute-Saône (triathlon), Franche-Comté Canicross (in Raddon), Club Haltérophile Luxovien (weightlifting), ASA Luronne (motor sports), Moto Club Haut-Saônois (motorcycling). Events : 3 Ballons Gran Fondo (June), Tour Alsace (July), French marathon canoeing championship in Gray (September), TransVosges Saônoises mountain bike (September), Grand national show-jumping in Lure (July)

Festivals: Music and memory Festival (July), Exhibition “Are we all peasants” at the Montagne de Château Lambert museum, Rolling Saône in Gray (May), Jacques Brel festival in Vesoul (September)

Economy: Haute-Saone is home to several industrial groups: Vétoquinol, Swedspan, Silac, Gestamp, Tryba, Velux, John Deere… Haute-Saone is renowned for food industry, textile, timber, metallurgy, luxury, automobile spare parts.

Websites and social networks: www.haute-saone.fr / www.facebook.com/departementhautesaone / tdf2017.haute-saone.fr / www.balade-haute-saone.fr

Haute-Saône is located at the foot of the Vosges massif, halfway between Alsace and Burgundy, close to Germany and Switzerland. The department and its preserved nature can be discovered by alternative and soft modes of transportation.

By bike on the forest trails and footpaths or on the banks of the Saone on the green way linking the Charles the Bold-Veloroute V50 circuit and the EuroVelo trail. Twenty-one marked cycling circuits are also available.

On horse, some 500 km of equestrian paths stretch from the south of the Vosges to Val de Saone.

On foot, the four GR paths (GR 5, 7, 59 et 533) and the Via Francigena are ideal for strollers, hikers but also pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela or following the paths of St Colomban.

On water, the 130 km of the lower Saone are an invitation to evasion. The St Albin tunnel and its 681 metres is especially surprising. 

Echenoz-la-Méline © Sergevieille

Pop: 3,200
A residential suburb of Vesoul, Echenoz-la-Meline is the birthplace of Stephane Peterhansel, a 13 times winner of the Dakar rally, six times on a motorcycle and seven times in a car. Another resident, Frederic Vichot, won two stages of the Tour de France in 1984 and 1985. Considered one of the most skilled riders of his generation in descents, he organises a Grand Fondo every year, the Fred Vichot. He is the uncle of Arthur Vichot, the 2013 and 2016 French champion.

 

Population: 179,639

Prefecture: Chaumont

Sub-prefectures : Langres and Saint-Dizier

Surface: 6,211 km2

Specialities: Langres cheese, Caprice des Dieux cheese, venison, truffles, Chaumont Ideal cake, champagne

Sport clubs: Chaumont Volley-ball club 52, Judo Club Marnaval Saint-Dizier.

Festivals: Biennale of graphic design in Chaumont (May), Musical'été in Saint-Dizier (July), Chien à Plumes festival in Villegusien (August), Wildlife and nature photography festival in Montier-en-Der (November), festival of truffle in Chaumont (December)

Main tourist sites: Charles de Gaulle Memorial in Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, Maison des Lumières Denis Diderot in Langres, Le Signe, Graphic national centre in Chaumont, château of  Cirey-sur-Blaise, Grand Jardin castle inJoinville

Economy: Agriculture, medical equipment i (Marle, Europe leader for prothesis); aeronautics (Bologne forges, LISI group, the largest aeronautic forge in France), automobile (Forges of Courcelles), Champagne and Burgundy Forests national park.  

Websites and social networks : www.haute-marne.fr / www.facebook.com/conseildepartemental52 / twitter.com/cd_hautemarne / www.facebook.com/LaHauteMarneRespireInspire

Echenoz-la-Méline © Sergevieille

Pop: 3,200
A residential suburb of Vesoul, Echenoz-la-Meline is the birthplace of Stephane Peterhansel, a 13 times winner of the Dakar rally, six times on a motorcycle and seven times in a car. Another resident, Frederic Vichot, won two stages of the Tour de France in 1984 and 1985. Considered one of the most skilled riders of his generation in descents, he organises a Grand Fondo every year, the Fred Vichot. He is the uncle of Arthur Vichot, the 2013 and 2016 French champion.

 

Population: 309,000

Prefecture: Troyes

Sub-prefectures : Bar-sur-Aube and Nogent-sur-Seine

Surface: 6,000 km²

Specialities: Champagne, Rosé des Riceys, Troyes andouillette, Chaource cheese, Prunelle of Troyes, Cider in Pays d'Othe, sauerkraut, Cacibel…

Sport club: ESTAC (football, Ligue 1). Events: Triathlon of the lakes, Paris-Troyes  (cycling), yachting competitions on the Lake of Orient.

Cultural events: Opening of the Camille Claudel museum in Nogent-sur-Seine; opening of the family house of the Renoirs in Essoyes;  “Another Renoir” exhibition at the museum of modern art of Troyes (June to September, 2017); exhibition of the works of glassware artist Vincent-Larcher in Troyes (June to December 2017); Nights of Champagne festival in Troyes (October), Festival in Othe in Aix-en-Othe (July)

Wine tourism: 70th anniversary of Rosé des Riceys in 2017, Route du Champagne en Fête (August 5 and 6, 2017, Sarce valley), Saint-Vincent, Tumulte dans les Bulles (Turmoil in the bubbles), Marche des reconciliations, Vendangeur d'un Jour, Champagne Day…

Main tourist sites: Foret d'Orient nature park; Champagne vineyards; Troyes, historical capital of Champagne and European capital of brand supermarkets); Essoyes, the village of the Renoirs; Clairvaux Cistercian abbey; Nigloland theme park (Dolancourt).

Economy: 2 companies of Romilly-sur-Seine historically linked to cycling: Le Coq Sportif and Cycleurope. Food industry, textile (Petit Bateau, Devanlay-Lacoste), metallurgy, packaging and conditioning, logistics and transports (A5 and A26 motorways; fluvial port of Nogent-sur-Seine), Technological hub of Aube in Troyes/Rosières (Troyes technology college, EPF and ESTP engineering high schools, LDR medical…)

Websites and social networks: www.aube.fr / @AubeChampagne / www.facebook.com/aube.champagne / www.instagram.com/aubechampagne

Echenoz-la-Méline © Sergevieille

Pop: 3,200
A residential suburb of Vesoul, Echenoz-la-Meline is the birthplace of Stephane Peterhansel, a 13 times winner of the Dakar rally, six times on a motorcycle and seven times in a car. Another resident, Frederic Vichot, won two stages of the Tour de France in 1984 and 1985. Considered one of the most skilled riders of his generation in descents, he organises a Grand Fondo every year, the Fred Vichot. He is the uncle of Arthur Vichot, the 2013 and 2016 French champion.

 

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