Tuesday 20 August 2024
Stage 2
MOUCHARD (Département du Jura)   PLATEAU D’HAUTEVILLE (Haut-Bugey Agglomération)

Distance 170 km
Stage 1
Distance

170 km (106 mi)

Climbing
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Type
Délais

25%

of the winner’s time
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Timetable (estimated)
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MOUCHARD (Département du Jura)

PLATEAU D’HAUTEVILLE (Haut-Bugey Agglomération)

  • KM 38.8
    Côte de Mont-sur-Monnet
  • KM 145.1
    Montée de Breignes
  • KM 158.5
    Côte de Corlier
Rider Gaps
4
5
Rider Gaps
2
3
4
5
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For the stage:
  • Yellow Jersey
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  • Polka dot jersey
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  • Green jersey
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  • White jersey
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  • Stage victory
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  • Combativity prize
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  • Team classification
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Team Gaps
1
2
3
No withdrawals

The French team’s very good performance in the team time trial stage on the Indre roads between Vatan and Issoudun, on a course that was highly suitable for the exercise, was ultimately, if not disappointing, at least frustrating. Particularly for Pierre Thierry from Brittany, who had been lying in wait since he was in the breakaway on the first day and who could have imagined himself in the yellow jersey after the performance of the French team, of which he was a driving force. He couldn’t hide his bitterness as Denmark improved on the French team’s time by 12 seconds and pulled off a double in the tradition of Danish rouleurs.

Denmark’s success propelled one of its own, Carl-Frederik Bevort, into the CIC yellow jersey of leader, in the same second as his compatriot Simon Dalby, while Pierre Thierry took 3rd place overall, 7 seconds behind.

Like the Danes, the French team had kept four of its six riders to cross the finish line after Louis Rouland and Antoine Huby had dropped out under the pace set by the phalanx of top French rouleurs. National coach Pierre-Yves Chatelon had slightly eased off the pace in order to protect the interests of Antoine Huby, winner of the Course de la Paix and therefore one of the regular leaders, until the last five kilometres, but he accepted this strategy, which he didn’t think had cost him anything.

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Nestled in the heart of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, in the Jura department, the charming commune of Mouchard is a true gem of rural France. Situated between the picturesque landscapes of the Jura massif and verdant valleys, Mouchard offers a unique quality of life, imbued with tradition and conviviality.

Known for its rich historical heritage, Mouchard is famous for its farriery school, one of the most renowned in Europe, which perpetuates the ancestral art of working with iron. Visitors can discover the skills of local artisans through demonstrations and workshops.

The village also stands out for its architectural heritage. Among the emblematic sites, the Saint-Pierre Church, dating from the 19th century, impresses with its elegance and history. The streets of Mouchard, lined with typical houses, invite leisurely strolls and the discovery of hidden treasures.

Mouchard is also an ideal starting point for nature lovers and hikers. The marked trails around the commune allow immersion in the varied landscapes of the Jura, offering breathtaking panoramas and rich flora and fauna. The proximity to the Chaux Forest, one of the largest deciduous forests in France, makes it a privileged spot for walks and outdoor activities.

Culinary delights are also abundant in the region. Mouchard offers an authentic local gastronomy, with terroir products such as Jura wines, Comté cheese, and the famous Vin Jaune, sure to delight gourmets.

Finally, the warm welcome of the Mouchardais contributes to making every visit unforgettable. Whether for a weekend getaway or an extended stay, Mouchard promises moments of relaxation, discovery, and sharing in an idyllic setting.

Come and discover Mouchard, a haven of peace where history, nature, and tradition harmoniously meet.

Located in the Ain department, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the Plateau d’Hauteville is a sought-after destination for its breathtaking landscapes and rich natural and cultural heritage. At an average altitude of 900 meters, this plateau offers a breath of fresh air and a myriad of activities for nature lovers and outdoor sports enthusiasts.

The Plateau d’Hauteville is a true paradise for hikers and cyclists. With its numerous marked trails, it offers walks and hikes suitable for all levels, allowing the discovery of stunning panoramas, dense forests, and flowering meadows. In winter, the plateau transforms into a vast playground for snow sports, with cross-country skiing trails, snowshoeing routes, and areas for alpine skiing and snowboarding.

This territory is also recognized for its climatic benefits, conducive to health and well-being. Several specialized establishments offer thermal cures and treatments, taking advantage of the pure air and the soothing natural setting of the plateau.

The cultural heritage of the Plateau d’Hauteville is equally remarkable. The village of Hauteville-Lompnes, the heart of the plateau, is home to historical buildings such as the 19th-century Saint-Pierre Church and the Angeville Castle. The picturesque alleys and traditional stone houses reflect a rich history and preserved craftsmanship.

Gourmets will not be disappointed, with a local gastronomy that highlights regional products. Cheese specialties, particularly Bleu de Gex, Bugey wines, and artisanal charcuterie are among the delights to discover in the region’s markets and restaurants.

The inhabitants of the Plateau d’Hauteville, warm and welcoming, contribute to the region’s convivial atmosphere. Events and local festivals throughout the year offer immersion in local culture and traditions.

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