TDF 2021: Stage 7, Vierzon > Le Creusot 249.1 km **Spoilers**
Stage 7, Vierzon > Le Creusot 249.1 km2-7-2021
The stage that all the riders will be looking forward to. At almost 250 kilometres, the 7th stage is the longest Tour de France stage of the last twenty years. The route traverses the Country, from West to East, initially along flat terrain before crossing the Morvan, which will offer 3,000 metres of elevation to the menu and a spicy finish up the demanding Signal d’Uchon on the course of the Tour for the very first time.
This is the first stage where the breakaway stands a good chance of success, but this also means getting into the break could mean a protracted spell of attack and counter attack. There isn't a significant climb in the first one hundred and fifty kilometres, which makes the task all the more difficult.
The teeth of this stage all come within the final 100 kilometres of the stage. After they reach the Morvan hills, the is hardly any flat. There are lots of non-classified uphill sections that add to the fatigue, while five classified climbs stand out.
After almost 160 kilometres in the saddle the riders tackle the Côte de Château-Chinon.
The stage finale starts with The Côte de la Croix de la Libération.
At kilometre 222.4, the riders tackle the previously unused climb of Signal d’Uchon, which holds a real sting in it's tail.
The Côte de la Gourloye is the last obstacle of the day, crested with 8 kilometres to go to Le Creusot.
One thing is for certain, all the pure sprinters won't be around to contest this finish. If the breakaway doesn't succeed, then it should be battle among those other "usual suspects".
Favourites stage 7 Tour de France 2021
***** Mathieu van der Poel, Wout Van Aert
**** Peter Sagan, Julian Alaphilippe, Michael Matthews,
*** Søren Kragh Andersen, Kasper Asgreen, Matej Mohoric, Marc Hirschi, Christophe Laporte,
** Sonny Colbrelli, Magnus Cort, Edvald Boasson Hagen
* Thomas De Gendt, Nans Peters, Simon Clarke
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Located in the heart of France, at the crossroads of the main national routes between Sologne and Berry, Vierzon is a town with a rich industrial past and was the flagship of the textile, porcelain and agricultural machinery industries in the 19th and 20th centuries.
A sign of the area's renaissance is the Berry Canal, now known as the Canal à Vélo, with a cycle path linking Montluçon to Vierzon, and eventually to Tours and the Loire by bike.
On the road
Autun (Pop: 13,150)
In the south of the Morvan Massif on the edge of the Arroux valley, Autun was born during the reign of the Roman emperor Augustus (27 BC-14 AD): its ancient name was Augustodunum. Autun has hosted two stages of the Tour de France, in 1998 (Magnus Backstedt) and 2007 (Filippo Pozzato)
Saint-Andréou Gate or Porte de Langres (Gate of Langres)
Listed as a historical monument in 1846. Built in the 1st century.
Stage town for the 3rd time
The origins of Le Creusot date back to 1782, when Louis XVI had a Royal Foundry and then the Queen's Crystal Works established in this coal-rich hamlet. This was followed by a forge which was bought in 1836 by the Schneider brothers, Adolphe and Eugène. This event marked a turning point in the history of the town, which saw its production diversify and be exported all over the world, mainly in the fields of transport and energy.
Le Creusot has already been visited twice by the Tour de France for decisive time trials at the very end of the event. In 1998, Jan Ullrich won his third stage of this eventful edition over the 52 km of a time trial that started in Montceau-les-Mines, beating Marco Pantani to 2:35, but this gap still allowed the Italian to keep a 3:21 lead on the German in the general classification before the finish in Paris. In 2006, it was Ukrainian Serhiy Honchar, the time-trial world champion in 2000, who won his second stage of this Tour between Le Creusot and Montceau-les-Mines, ahead of Andreas Klöden and Oscar Pereiro, the future overall winner.
It is also the home town of Tour de France runner up: Jean-Christophe Péraud.
The Charolais breed is well known to gourmets for its tasty qualities. The quality of the meat from Charolais cows is due both to the richness of the grassland and to the method of rearing. The cattle grow slowly and graze on the grassland until they are two years old. Before slaughter, the animals are "flowered" by fattening for 4 to 6 months.
Beef bourguignon or bœuf bourguignon, also called beef Burgundy, and bœuf à la Bourguignonne, is a beef stew braised in red wine, often red Burgundy, and beef stock, typically flavored with carrots, onions, garlic, and a bouquet garni, and garnished with pearl onions, mushrooms, and bacon.
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