Tuesday July 2nd, 2013

Stage 4Nice / Nice

High-speed stage

"An hour-long flight the evening before will enable the riders to sleep in Nice. Then they will have the morning to recover after the extremely tough passage through Corsica: in all likelihood, this should be the most physically demanding Grand Départ since San Sebastián in 1992! And now we come to this team time trial, where each team's time will be taken when their fifth rider crosses the line. Naturally, in what is a straightforward and relatively short test (25km), they are going to be moving quickly, very quickly! I am expecting an average speed of 55 kilometres/hour, and perhaps even more, on the Promenade des Anglais. There will be a duel between the Quick Step and Sky teams!"

The towns / A sporting view

Nice

Capital of the Côte d'Azur, situated in the centre of Europe, Nice is currently undergoing a veritable ecological, economic, cultural, artistic and architectural revolution.  Creative, dynamic, cosmopolitan, young, it bursts with achievements worthy of the greatest cities.  Innovation is everywhere and touches all spheres.  Nice is advancing and harnessing all its energies.

At the heart of a region of timeless beauty, it has something to offer everyone: a town of history, culture, art, creativity, events, leisure, nature, hospitality, different flavours…Nice is cultivating the charm of its differences by offering a selection of places to visit :  the famous Promenade des Anglais, the redeveloped Massena square surrounded by the Coulée Verte, a 12 hectare urban park.  Add to that the 19 museums or galleries hosting prestigious collections : from Matisse to Chagall, via French and American avant-garde artists, surprising collections of Naive art or Asian art...

Web sites

35 previous stages
Pop: 350,000
Prefecture of Alpes-Maritimes (06)
Motto: Nice the very faithful
Signatures: capital of Côte d'Azur
Specialties: pissaladiere (local pizza), salade niçoise (salad), pan bagnat (tuna sandwich), socca, Nice carnations.
Economy: tourism
Celebrities: Garibaldi, Henri Matisse, Raoul Dufy Yves Klein (painters), Arman Jean Sosno (sculptors), Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, Louis Nucera, Max Gallo, Didier Van Cauwelaert (writers), Simone Veil (politician), Georges Lautner, Jean-Pierre Mocky (filmmakers), Michelle Mercier, Mylene Demongeot, Michele Laroque (actresses), Denise Fabre (television), Dick Rivers, Jenifer, Rose, Medi (singers), Yannick Agnel, Clement Lefert, Camille Muffat (swimmers), Jean-Pierre Dick (yachtsman), Suzanne Lenglen (tennis player), Hugo Lloris (footballer), Surya Bonaly (figure skater).
Sport: OGC Nice (football), OGC Nice Handball (Womens' League 1), Olympic Nice Natation
Culture: Nice carnival (February), Nice Jazz Festival (July), Festival l'Art sacré (December, January), Nice book fair (June), Festival crossover (May), Manca  (International Festival of Music) (November). 18 museums and galleries.
Labels: ville fleurie (4), Internet town 5@

Stage profile

Mountain passes & hills

No mountain passes and hills referenced in this stage

Nice

Nice, a vibrant town in full swing.. it expresses its dynamism in every domain, in art, technology and  planning projects finding ways to respect the environment all the while adding to its beauty.  The veritable economic heart of the Côte d'Azur it is a modern and active city that has successfully preserved its style of life and its hospitality.  Nice, France's fifth town, at the heart of an urban environment with more than one million inhabitants represents the second international tourist destination after Paris.  Its territory, 80% of which is mountainous extends from the shores of the Mediterranean to the ski resorts of the Mercantour National Park.

In this exceptional environment, the town relies on development focused mainly on the preservation of the natural, heritage and cultural environment.  The establishment of a lasting development policy applies henceforth to all areas : new transport links so as to offer a more agreeable way of life for both inhabitants and its many visitors.

Jersey wearers after the stage 20

Corporate social responsibility

Since it was founded, Amaury Sport Organisation has been involved in various sponsorship and philanthropy activities. It is the generosity of sport that can be found in a certain number of initiatives aiming to invest in the workings of the disciplines themselves (sponsorship of the French Federation of Cycling), in a humanitarian and social framework, (Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, Actions Dakar, Un Techo Para Mi Pais) or in the environmental sphere (Madre De Dios, selective sorting, etc.). Read more

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