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The start location of the 12th Tour de France 2012 stage in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne inaugurated

Added: tuesday 15 May 2012 at 21:53:00
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    The start location of the 12th Tour de France 2012 stage in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne inauguratedIt's not the first time that Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne will see the Tour de France finish or start in its streets.

    Anyway, the city in the Rhône-Alpes is still making an event of it to celebrate as it should the visit of the Tour de France 2012, for a stage start of the 12th stage on Friday 13 July. Tonight it was thus the occasion to inaugurate the start line of this stage, with the FDJ BigMat team being present in town!

    The Tour de France 2012 in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne

    In recent years, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne saw a stage start of the Tour de France in 2006 (going towards Morzine) and a finish (coming from Morzine) in 2010. In 2012, there will again be a stage start, in the Rue de la Libération and it was thus at this place that the city inaugurated officially tonight the start line of this 12th stage going towards Annonay Davézieux today.

    This was done with the presence of the FDJ BigMat team, on training camp since yesterday and until the 18th of May. The riders of the team present at this inauguration were Matthieu Ladagnous, Yauheni Hutarovich, Cédric Pineau, Arnold Jeannesson, Thibaut Pinot and Jérémy Roy and after some balloons were left to fly away and a lap by bike in the city, the riders of the French team took time to sign some autographs while the public was offered a drink.

    In addition to the FDJ BigMat team, other big names of the cycling world were present, especially with Bernard Thévenet as a representative of Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), the organisor of the Tour, and the French local mountain biker Damien Spagnolo, specialist of the descent and vice world champion.

    In addition to the stage start on Friday 13 July, the 11th stage on Thursday 12 July will also run through Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, between Albertville and La Toussuire-Les Sybelles.

    Here are some images of the event tonight and some photos of the Tour visit in 2006:
    The FDJ-BigMat team on the start line The FDJ-BigMat team on the start line The poster of the Tour in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne

    The Opinel knife roundabout decorated with cycling rabbits Roundabout with cows in the jellow- and polka dot jersey colors Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne: a flower polka-dot jersey

    The 2 photos of tonight's event are from Jérémy Moge / the posted from the Office du Tourisme in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne / the other photos are © velowire.com / Thomas Vergouwen.

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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Currently 4 comments!
  1. Salut Thomas , , voila une étape qui ne passe pas trop loin de chez moi ! A++

    | LISEROIS | wednesday 16 May 2012 at 7:02:30

  2. Difficile de faire mieux en terme d'étape tracée à l'envers et de gaspillage de cols. Bravo Prudhomme.

    | Dom | wednesday 16 May 2012 at 13:09:47

  3. C'est quand k'sa passe la la caravane ( y balancent les téléphones ? )

    | L'3arbi | thursday 12 July 2012 at 18:15:45

  4. L'horaire de passage de la caravane est précisé dans l'itinéraire horaire.
    (Alcatel distribue des téléphones, mais ils sont en mousse!)

    | yves | friday 13 July 2012 at 4:54:11

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