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Troyes / Nuits-Saint-Georges

Troyes

Troyes

Troyes is on the winners list of the most sporting cities in France. A distinction given out by newspaper  L'Équipe in 2005 which coincides with the last visit of the Grande Boucle. But the Prefecture of Aube is  also home to quite a brotherhood of riders, the Simon who all managed great performances on the  roads of the Tour. In 1983, Pascal, the eldest, was even one of the heroes wearing the Yellow Jersey for seven days before being forced to quit because of a broken scapula. His youngest brother François did  just as well in 2001 capturing the Yellow Jersey while the other brothers, Régis and Jérôme both won  stages.

Cathédrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, Troyes © Thinkstock

Eight previous stages
Prefecture of Aube (10)

Population: 62,200. 173,000 for the 81 communes in the Troyes Champagne Métropole community of communes.

Specialities: champagne (2nd department of production), rosé des Riceys, andouillette, cabbage for sauerkraut, cheese (Chaource, Champ sur Barse and Mussy), 

Celebrities: Édouard Herriot (1930s politician), Jean Tirole (Nobel prize winner for economy), Jean and Marcel Bidot, Pascal, Regis, Jerome and François Simon (cycling), Gérard Dine (anti-doping expert), Jean-Marie Bigard and Raphael Mezrahi (stand-up comedians), Pascal Caffet, (pastry chef)

Sport: Esperance sportive Troyes Aube Champagne (football), Sainte Maure-Troyes (handball), UV Aube-Club Champagne Charlott', Union Vélo Club de l'Aube Troyes and ASPTT (cycling), BMX Roller Skate de Troyes. Events: Paris-Troyes and Tour des Portes du Pays d'Othe (cycling), semi-marathon, Roller des Lacs (roller-skating), Triathlon des Lacs, Nuit du Sport, Fête du sport, Troyes triathlon.

Economy: textile, European capital of discount and factory stores (more than 4 million visitors per year). Universities.

Heritage: Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral (13th century), Saint-Urbain basilica (13th century), 10 listed churches, 14 townhouses, Town hall (17th century), museum of Vauluisant), House of tools and workers thinking, museum of modern art, apothecary of Hotel-Dieu-le-Comte, museum of Art, Archaeology and Nature sciences, Heart of Troyes (sculpture), docks of canal de la Haute-Seine, Bouchon de Champagne (137 hectares preserved sector).

Festivals: March Fair, Nuits de Champagne (music), Ville en musiques, Regional children's book fair, Clés de Troyes (Keys of Troyes, welcoming party for students)

Sustainable development: 102 km of cycling trails on the agglomeration, Agenda 21, Forêt d'Orient nature park (80 000 hectares), 300 loading stations for electric cars.

Labels: Ville d'art et d'histoire, 15th century collection of the Abbey of Clairvaux library listed in UNESCO's Memory of the World, Ville active et sportive, Children friendly town, 4 flowers

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Troyes and cycling

In all, Troyes appeared eight times on the Tour de France map, most of the times close to the finish in Paris. The 1960 stage to Troyes was historical as the peloton stopped to pay homage to a special spectator, general De Gaulle. The French president at the time had decided to stay on the roadside to watch the Tour from his home village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises. The bunch was brought to a halt by race director Jacques Goddet, letting Pierre Beuffeuil, who had been dropped on a puncture, to return and go on to win the stage on his own 70 km further down the road in Troyes. From then, stage finishes in town mostly crowned sprinters. Troyes was also the hometown of one of the most successful families in Tour history, the Simon brothers. The most famous of the four was Pascal, who held the yellow jersey in 1983 before being forced out of the Tour with a broken collarbone. Pascal, Regis and Jerome all won a Tour de France stage. Their fourth sibling, François, had to be content with winning a stage on the Giro.

Le peloton s'est arrêté pour saluer un spectateur de renom © Presse SportsPascal, Régis et Jérôme Simon, vainqueurs d’étape sur le Tour de France © Presse Sports

Eight previous stages
Prefecture of Aube (10)

Population: 62,200. 173,000 for the 81 communes in the Troyes Champagne Métropole community of communes.

Specialities: champagne (2nd department of production), rosé des Riceys, andouillette, cabbage for sauerkraut, cheese (Chaource, Champ sur Barse and Mussy), 

Celebrities: Édouard Herriot (1930s politician), Jean Tirole (Nobel prize winner for economy), Jean and Marcel Bidot, Pascal, Regis, Jerome and François Simon (cycling), Gérard Dine (anti-doping expert), Jean-Marie Bigard and Raphael Mezrahi (stand-up comedians), Pascal Caffet, (pastry chef)

Sport: Esperance sportive Troyes Aube Champagne (football), Sainte Maure-Troyes (handball), UV Aube-Club Champagne Charlott', Union Vélo Club de l'Aube Troyes and ASPTT (cycling), BMX Roller Skate de Troyes. Events: Paris-Troyes and Tour des Portes du Pays d'Othe (cycling), semi-marathon, Roller des Lacs (roller-skating), Triathlon des Lacs, Nuit du Sport, Fête du sport, Troyes triathlon.

Economy: textile, European capital of discount and factory stores (more than 4 million visitors per year). Universities.

Heritage: Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral (13th century), Saint-Urbain basilica (13th century), 10 listed churches, 14 townhouses, Town hall (17th century), museum of Vauluisant), House of tools and workers thinking, museum of modern art, apothecary of Hotel-Dieu-le-Comte, museum of Art, Archaeology and Nature sciences, Heart of Troyes (sculpture), docks of canal de la Haute-Seine, Bouchon de Champagne (137 hectares preserved sector).

Festivals: March Fair, Nuits de Champagne (music), Ville en musiques, Regional children's book fair, Clés de Troyes (Keys of Troyes, welcoming party for students)

Sustainable development: 102 km of cycling trails on the agglomeration, Agenda 21, Forêt d'Orient nature park (80 000 hectares), 300 loading stations for electric cars.

Labels: Ville d'art et d'histoire, 15th century collection of the Abbey of Clairvaux library listed in UNESCO's Memory of the World, Ville active et sportive, Children friendly town, 4 flowers

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Sights

Pascal Caffet's sweets
Pastry and chocolate chef, Pascal Caffet won all the highest honours as France's best pastry chef in 1989 and pastry and chocolate world champion in 1995. Known the world over, he opened boutiques in Italy and Japan. Caffet has two shops in Troyes, in the Market Hall and at 2, Rue de la Monnaie.
www.maison-caffet.com

The heart of Troyes
At the corner ofPasserat and Hennequin streets lies a beating heart that reveals itself once the night comes. That is when the city reveals all its romantic charms. It has been voted among the world's top 10 romantic cities by The Good life magazine
www.tourisme-troyes.com/decouvrir/le-romantisme-troyes

Museum of modern art
Set in the ancient bishop palace (16th and 17th centuries), the museum of modern art is home to a collection reflecting some of the key moments of art in France from the mid-19th century to the 1970s. This summer, its hosts an exhibition called “Another Renoir” with some fifty paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. A night exhibition will be held on the day of the Tour.
www.musees-troyes.com

House of Tools and Workers Thinking 
Set in a Renaissance townhouse known as Hotel de Mauroy, the museum exhibits a collection of tools from the 18th and 19th centuries. Some 11,000 tools are displayed, which were used in the trades and crafts of wood, iron, leather and stone.
mopo3.com

Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul cathedral
A wonder of Gothic architecture, the cathedral of Troyes has the largest surface of stained glass windows in France with windows from the 13th to 16th centuries. It also shelters the organ once belonging to the Abbey of Clairvaux and a remarkable of relics, enamels and jewels.
www.tourisme-troyes.com/decouvrir/le-patrimoine-religieux/les-eglises

Street of the cats
The street is so narrow that cats can cross it from a roof to the next, hence its name. It lead to the old part of town with its half-timber houses.
www.tourisme-troyes.com/planifier/voir-faire/architecture-civile1

Les douceurs de Pascal Caffet © VickbossLe cœur de Troyes qui bat au rythme de la ville une fois la nuit tombée - Oeuvre de Callaud-Houel © Adrien ClergeotMusée d'Art moderne - l’exposition Un autre Renoir © Sylvain BordierLa MOPO situé dans l’Hôtel de Mauroy © Deb CollinsLa cathédrale Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul de Troyes © Michel FOUCHERLa ruelle des chats © Fab5669

Eight previous stages
Prefecture of Aube (10)

Population: 62,200. 173,000 for the 81 communes in the Troyes Champagne Métropole community of communes.

Specialities: champagne (2nd department of production), rosé des Riceys, andouillette, cabbage for sauerkraut, cheese (Chaource, Champ sur Barse and Mussy), 

Celebrities: Édouard Herriot (1930s politician), Jean Tirole (Nobel prize winner for economy), Jean and Marcel Bidot, Pascal, Regis, Jerome and François Simon (cycling), Gérard Dine (anti-doping expert), Jean-Marie Bigard and Raphael Mezrahi (stand-up comedians), Pascal Caffet, (pastry chef)

Sport: Esperance sportive Troyes Aube Champagne (football), Sainte Maure-Troyes (handball), UV Aube-Club Champagne Charlott', Union Vélo Club de l'Aube Troyes and ASPTT (cycling), BMX Roller Skate de Troyes. Events: Paris-Troyes and Tour des Portes du Pays d'Othe (cycling), semi-marathon, Roller des Lacs (roller-skating), Triathlon des Lacs, Nuit du Sport, Fête du sport, Troyes triathlon.

Economy: textile, European capital of discount and factory stores (more than 4 million visitors per year). Universities.

Heritage: Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral (13th century), Saint-Urbain basilica (13th century), 10 listed churches, 14 townhouses, Town hall (17th century), museum of Vauluisant), House of tools and workers thinking, museum of modern art, apothecary of Hotel-Dieu-le-Comte, museum of Art, Archaeology and Nature sciences, Heart of Troyes (sculpture), docks of canal de la Haute-Seine, Bouchon de Champagne (137 hectares preserved sector).

Festivals: March Fair, Nuits de Champagne (music), Ville en musiques, Regional children's book fair, Clés de Troyes (Keys of Troyes, welcoming party for students)

Sustainable development: 102 km of cycling trails on the agglomeration, Agenda 21, Forêt d'Orient nature park (80 000 hectares), 300 loading stations for electric cars.

Labels: Ville d'art et d'histoire, 15th century collection of the Abbey of Clairvaux library listed in UNESCO's Memory of the World, Ville active et sportive, Children friendly town, 4 flowers

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Massifs forestiers et vallées du Châtillonais

© Fabrice CROSET LPO

The half way point of this stage runs alongside the Massifs forestiers Natura 2000 site and valleys of Châtillonnais. The remarkable landscape, formed by forests covering the vast limestone plateaus carved with narrow and deep valleys, shelters numerous species of birds, some of which are rare in France, such as the black stork.

Read more: www.afbiodiversite.fr/fr/stage-7-troyes-nuits-saint-georges

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