Monday March 4th, 2013

Stage 1Saint-Germain-en-Laye / Nemours

Start 11h25 (Local time)

    The stage in pictures

    photo04/03/2013 

    L'échappée du jour, LINDEMAN Bertjan, SICARD Romain et TALABARDON Yannick © ASO/P.Perreve

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    The towns / A sporting view

    Saint-Germain-en-Laye

    A hunting ground for Henry IV, the young Louis XIII's town, the home of François I, the birthplace of Louis XIV... the history of Saint-Germain-en-Laye is intimately linked to the presence of our kings.  The town is also characterized by its architectural, cultural and natural heritage.  The historical centre, the château and the Le Nôtre terrace, with an exceptional view over Paris, are given their rightful place, but the town has also begun urban development projects to encourage community and social links as well as an environmentally-friendly approach.

    Bolstered by its remarkable past, it has never stopped looking to the future and promoting a harmonious coexistence. Beautiful and daring, located in the heart of the 3,500 hectares of the Saint-Germain Forest, the royal town thrives only a stone's throw from Paris, creating links between generations and between regions with its 20,000 school children and its international atmosphere. With a creative approach to the environment, its thriving, interesting shops, its community-based associations and economic make-up, Saint-Germain-en-Laye is resolutely forward-looking.

    Web sites

    The château and the terrace on the horizon - © J. Paray - Ville de Saint-Germain-en-Laye The château and the terrace on the horizon - © J. Paray - Ville de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
     

    Nemours

    75km from Paris, in the southern Seine-et-Marne, Nemours and its 13,000 inhabitants benefit from a privileged position in the heart of the Loing Valley, protected in the north by the forest of Fontainebleau. This former capital of the French "Gâtinais" province, referred to as the "Venice of the Gâtinais Region" covers 1,082 hectares and can be accessed by the D607 (ex RN7) and the Autoroute du Soleil (A6). Its château is an integral part of its history, of the seigneury and of the dukedom of Nemours. Located in the heart of the medieval town centre, it is one of the only châteaux situated in a town in Ile de France preserved in its original state. Key figures such as Victor Hugo, Hippolyte Bayard, Dupont de Nemours and Honoré de Balzac all played a part in its history.

    In 1901 a committee chaired by Sanson, a sculptor from Nemours, decided to establish a fine art museum here. Awarded the "Museum of France" label, it boasts a remarkable collection of graphic art, paintings and sculptures from the end of the 19th /beginning of the 20th century and several local archaeological artefacts, natural science exhibits, tapestries, earthenware, etc.

    Web sites

    The château of Nemours built in the middle of the 12th century - © Ville de Nemours The château of Nemours built in the middle of the 12th century - © Ville de Nemours
     

    Jersey wearers after the stage 7

    Classifications after the stage 7

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