On Tuesday, July 7, to be held the fourth stage of the Tour de France by 2015. The journey begins in the Belgian city of Seraing and ending in the French city of Cambrai.During this stage the riders will have to ride a lot of cobblestone. What cobbled roads on the way to this stage?What are the Favorites to win in this kasseienrit?
Starting Point: Seraing
The city of Seraing has about 60,000 inhabitants and is situated in the province of Liège. In the past, this Belgian town more often the scene of major cycling events.In 2006, for example, where the Giro d’Italia starts with a time trial in Seraing. Both the 1995, 2001 and 2012 Seraing was the finish of a tour stage.
In ‘ 95, an individual time trial in Seraing, launched in Huy. Miguel Indurain won the time trial and took the yellow jersey that day. In 2001, Seraing finish line on the stage which started in Antwerp.Erik Zabel won this trip. On Sunday, July 1, 2012 Seraing was the end date of a scene that started in Liège. Peter Sagan won the 2012 ride in Seraing.
Politicians from Seraing
From Seraing are some notable Belgian politicians, including André Renard, Joseph Merlot, Guy Mathot and Julien Lahaut. The most famous is probably Julien Lahaut. He was born in Seraing on September 6, 1884. Lahaut grew in the years after World War II to become one of the most prominent Belgian Communists. On August 11, 1950, when Baldwin as the new King of the Belgians completed his oath in the Belgian Parliament, shouting Lahaut during the ceremony: “Vive la Republique” A week later murdered Lahaut. Many guess Lahaut was killed by staunch supporters of the monarchy, which wanted to put an anti-Communist plot.
Finish Location: Cambrai
The finish on this stadium is located in the northern French town of Cambrai. In the Netherlands and Flanders, this place in the past, usually “Cambray” and in Germany “Kamerich. All these names in this website are descendants of the original gallo-Roman city: Camaracum.
Cambrai is a city with a rich past. It was formerly the capital of the area of Cambrésis. Even Cambrai centuries was the seat of an archdiocese. Cambrai is also the birthplace of the famous candy “bêtise de Cambrai”, which became world famous thanks to Asterix and Obelix.
Route and schedule for step four
The route of this stage is 221 kilometres long. In total there are seven cobbled sections included in this tour. The start is at 12 noon. This ride is an upgrade are included as part of the mountains classification: Côte de la Citadelle de Namur, a climb of the fourth category. This litter is in cycle known from Citadel Cross and GP Wallonie. After 53 kilometers course in this tour leads to the top of the Namur Citadel.
After about 103.5 km cyclists on cobbled the first section. At the end of the last cobbled Street is located about 13 kilometres from the finish. Below is an overview of all the cobbled sections traffic riders. Behind each strip in parenthesis indicates how long it has cobblestones. The intermediate sprint in this journey otherwise Havay, after 137 km race.
Cobblestones in stage four:
- After 103.5 km: Pont-a-Celles à Gouy
- After 177.5 km: d ‘ à Artres Famars
- After 183 km: Verchain-Maugré the Quérénaing à
- After 187.5 Verchain-Maugré km, à Saulzoir
- After 197.5 km: Saint-Python
- After 200 km: the Viesly à Quiévy
- After the 210.5 km: Avenesnes-les d’Aubert on Carnières
Preview: Favorites kasseienrit
Dutchman Lars Boom won in 2014 monumental way kasseienrit. Year 2015 he as servant Nibali is probably much less of their own chance to run at this stage the cobblestones. Major contenders for victory in this kasseienrit include German Degenkolb, Belgians Vanmarcke and Van Avermaet, Norwegian Kristoff, Czech Republic and Slovakia Saga Fredrik.
In 2014, the platoon was partly due to the rainy weather during the ride over the Cobbles, pulled apart into many small pieces. It is not certain that it will happen again in 2015. In the past, completed a tour stage over cobblestones, with relatively good weather, after all, often in the Sprint of a fairly large group. When the battle for victory in the kasseienrit in the Sprint in such a large group decided to be adopted, since, in particular, include John Degenkolb, Alexander Kristoff and Peter Sagan of the Favorites to win the stage.
Results and standings
Tony Martin won the cobblestone stage. After he earlier in this tour twice narrowly missed out on the yellow Jersey, he was at the end of this journey finally attract Jersey. Martin attacked in the final out of the front the peloton and crossed the finish line solo. A few seconds behind him Degenkolb won the Group sprint and thus became the second in this journey. Most major classification riders were able to maintain themselves in the first peloton. Several French classification riders, including the Pinot and Rolland, but it was a few minutes behind.
Live on TV
This kasseienrit will be broadcast live on television from both the Flemish and Dutch public broadcasting and Eurosport. The live broadcasts will start around 14h10.
The next stage: the fifth stage
The next stage in the Tour de France, 2015 is the fifth step. This relatively flat stage begins and ends in Arras in Amiens. This unit has a length of 189.5 km.
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