Sunday July 9th, 2017

Stage 9Nantua / Chambéry

Start 11h55 (Local time)
  • Christian Prudhomme's comment

    Even in the Alps and the Pyrenees, climbs with average gradients of close to 10% on their entire length are pretty rare. There will be three on this Jura stage with a total ascending elevation of 4600 metres. The riders will first discover the climb up the Col de la Biche, followed by the unprecedented and fearsome side of the Grand Colombier, known as the Directissime (gradients up to 22%), and will finish the battle off with the Mont du Chat, not on the Tour map since 1974. It'll be a real...

The stage in videos

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Nantua from the sky

  • Nantua from the sky
  • A trip in Ain

Tourist attractions

On the road

Population: 618,700

Prefecture: Bourg-en-Bresse

Sub-prefectures: Nantua, Belley, Gex

Surface: 5,762.44 km 2

Specialties: AOP Poultry of Bresse, Cream of Bresse, AOP Butter of Bresse, AOC Bugey wines, AOP Comté, PDO Bleu de Gex (cheese), Dombes fish, Pike quenelles in Nantua sauce

Sport Clubs: Football: FBBP 01 (League 2); Rugby union: USO Oyonnax (Pro D2) and USBPA (3rd division); Basketball: JL Basket (Pro B)

Sporting events: International show-jumping in Bourg-en-Bresse CSI 4 stars; Open de l'Ain tennis Grand Prix in Bourg; The Ain'ternational Rhône-Alpes Valromey Tour; Mondial de Quad of Pont-de-Vaux; Tour de l'Ain (cycling); The UCI Forestière, Mountain Bike Marathon series

Festivals: International Festival of Baroque Music of Ambronay (October), Spring Festival of Pérouges (March), Comics Festival in Ain in Bellegarde-sur-Valserine (November)

Economy: 1st industrial department of France (25% of total employment, 44,750 employees); Headquarters of CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research); 1st European concentration of plastic processing companies; 3rd most innovative department in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Websites and social networks: www.ain-tourisme.com / @Departement_AIN / Departement01

If Ain fascinates, it's above all due to its versatility and the strong character of its territories: La Bresse, Dombes, Bugey and Pays de Gex. In those natural landscapes of countryside and mountains, the diversity of the territory is punctuated by some great landmarks: Parc des Oiseaux (Birds Park) in Villars-les-Dombes, the medieval city of Perouges, the caves of Cerdon, the spa of Divonne-Les-Bains, the royal monastery of Brou in Bourg-en-Bresse, the sanctuary of Ars, the great cycling challenge of the Grand-Colombier above Culoz, the Monts Jura station at the foot of the highest peaks of the Jura Mountains, Ambronay's ancient music festival, the ViaRhôna bicycle route, along the river ... not to mention gastronomy and its protected AOP products.

High potential bike in Ain
The department is geographically designed for cycling: plains but also mountains and hills for leisure or sport. Ain offers greenways such as the Viarhôna and the Viasaona for example. Finally, the Ain gives priority to cyclists by closing the Col du Grand Colombier to cars once a month, from June to September, as part of the Grand Colombier grand fondo (more info on www.ain.fr)

Vue sur le barrage de Génissiat ©

The Génissiat dam, inaugurated in August 1948, owes its notoriety to a series of exceptional achievements: a first blockade on the Rhône in 1937, a construction site carried out during the war, a symbol of post-war reconstruction and a sample for all the developments in the higher Rhône. With its 500,000 cubic meters of concrete, its height of 104 meters and its six ultra-modern turbines, the dam became in 1949 the largest hydroelectric plant in the country. Guided tours are organised from September 2017 onwards.

Population: 437,915

Prefecture: Chambery

Sub-prefectures: Albertville, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne

Surface: 6,028 km2

Specialties: Raclette, tartiflette (potato, bacon and cheese), fondue, crozet (square shaped pasta made of buckwheat flour), diots and pormoniers, (sausages of pork cooked in white wine) Saint-Genix (brioche with red pralines), chocolate truffles, bugnes (donuts), genepi (mountain plant liquor), Savoy cheese (Tome des Bauges, Beaufort.)

Sport Clubs: Chambéry Savoie Handball (D1), Club des Sports de Val d'Isère (skiing)

Sporting events: Men's World Handball Championships 2017, Aiguebelette World Rowing Championship in August 2015, Criterium de la Première neige in Val d'Isère and FIS Ski World Cup in Courchevel (annual), World of ATV trials (August 2016 in Albertville), Criterium du Dauphiné (cycling, June)

Main tourist sites: Hautecombe Abbey (banks of Lake Bourget), castle of the Dukes of Savoy (Chambéry), forts of the barrier of Esseillon (Haute Maurienne), national park of Vanoise, regional parks of Bauges and Chartreuse, Lake Bourget, Lake Aiguebelette.

Festivals: Musilac in Aix-les-Bains, Les Estivales in Savoie in Chambéry, Le Grand Bivouac in Albertville, European Film Festival of Les Arcs.

Economy: tourism, agro-food industry, eco industries, mountain industries, composite materials, information and communication technologies, metallurgy.

Websites and social networks: www.savoie.fr / www.facebook.com/Savoie-Le-Departement-153155071431222/timeline / twitter.com/SavoieDepart

Vue sur le barrage de Génissiat ©

The Génissiat dam, inaugurated in August 1948, owes its notoriety to a series of exceptional achievements: a first blockade on the Rhône in 1937, a construction site carried out during the war, a symbol of post-war reconstruction and a sample for all the developments in the higher Rhône. With its 500,000 cubic meters of concrete, its height of 104 meters and its six ultra-modern turbines, the dam became in 1949 the largest hydroelectric plant in the country. Guided tours are organised from September 2017 onwards.

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