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A guide to Stage 7 of the Tour de France 2017, which is 213.5km from Troyes to Nuits-Saint-Georges. This flat stage finishes with a 40km loop, which may be affected by crosswinds. Nevertheless, it is likely to be contested by the sprinters. Read about Stage 7 of the Tour de France 2017 here.
7th July 2017
Stage 7 was another day for the sprinters, and Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) pipped Edvald Boasson-Hagen (Dimension Data) on the line in a photo finish.
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This is the official map of Stage 7.
The official Tour de France stage profile for Stage 7:
Profile of Stage 7, Tour de France 2017, © ASO/Tour de France
Stage 7 takes place on Friday 7th July 2017.
The publicity caravan sets off from Troyes at 10h05 (départ fictif in the centre), and the peloton starts at 12h05.
The publicity caravan reaches the finish line in Nuit-Saint-Georges at 15h40, and the riders will get there between 17h11 and 17h40.
The stage starts in Troyes, with the départ fictif on boulevard Victor Hugo, near the Village du Tour in the town. (See Troyes' Stage 7 page). The riders will process out of Troyes on rue Emile Zola, rue de la République, rue Général de Gaulle, quai Dampierre, quai de Comte Henri, and boulevard Jules Guesde. The route in Troyes is shown on this map from the Tour de France Troyes website, and on this map of the centre of Troyes from the Aube département's Tour de France brochure:
Stage 7 heads south east out of Troyes. The neutralised section follows boulevard Jules Guesde to Le Petit Saint-Julien in the outskirts of Troyes, then crosses the river Seine on the D21. It continues on the D49 route des Verrières, where the flag goes down and the racing starts close to l'Etang du 12-7.
This map shows the route of Stage 7 in the Aube département:
After the départ réel, the race follows the Seine valley upstream. At a place called Chappes, there's to be a canoe-kayak display. Beyond Chappes, the riders go through the small towns of Fouchères, Courtenot, and Bourguignons, then reach Bar-sur-Seine.
Stage 7 then passes close to Merrey-sur-Arce and Celles-sur-Ource. The wickerwork bottle and flying cork at Celles-sur-Ource testify to the fact that this is Champagne country.
The riders go via Neuville-sur-Seine, Gyé-sur-Seine, Courteron, and Plaines-Saint-Lange, before arriving at Mussy-sur-Seine (known for making Mussy-l'Eveque cheese). They then leave the Aube département, and enter the Côte d'Or.
In the Côte d'Or département, the route continues to follow the Seine.
After Montliot-et-Courcelles, it passes through Châtillon-sur-Seine (a town surrounded by the vineyards of the Côteaux du Châtillonnais, growing grapes which are used to produce a sparkling wine with the méthode Champagnoise; Châtillon-sur-Seine is home to the Musée du Pays Châtillonnais, in the old abbey, which displays the Vix treasure - precious objects buried with a Celtic Princess in the C6th BC).
The riders keep heading upstream by the Seine. The intermediate sprint is at Chanceaux. Who will be chanceux (lucky) at Chanceaux. Well, Peter Sagan probably.
Profile of the intermediate sprint at Chanceaux, © ASO/Tour de France
Then the race continues south on the D971. Shortly after Chanceaux, the route passes close to the source of the river Seine, then reaches Saint-Seine-l'Abbaye. (Saint-Seine-l'Abbaye gets its name because Saint Sequanus founded a Benedictine Abbey here in the C6th. According to legend, he was a descendant of the goddess Sequana, from whom the river Seine gets its name).
The riders cross the A38 autoroute at Pont de Pany, then cross the river Ouche, before ascending the Combe d'Arcey/Combe Noire on the D35 towards the day's categorised climb, the Category 4 Côte d'Urcy (average gradient 4.2% over 2.5km, reaching a height of 416m).
After the climb, the route is via Urcy, then on the D31 to Chamboeuf, and through the Réserve Naturelle la Combe Lavaux Jean Roland, to Gevrey-Chambertin, one of the wine villages of the Côte de Nuits, which produces Grand Cru Burgundy wines such as Chambertin.
Chateau de Gevrey-Chambertin
Then, Stage 7 heads south on the D974 towards Vougeot, and its impossibly picturesque château and vineyards.
From Vougeot, Nuits-Saint-Georges is a short distance south, but Stage 7 doesn't go directly there - it embarks on a loop east to Gilly-lès-Citeaux (past the Château de Gilly); south east to Saint-Bernard, Villebichot, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Citeaux, the mother house of the Cistercian Order of monks; south along the D996 to Broin and Auvillars-sur-Saône; then west, travelling via Bagnot, Argilly, Longvay, and Corgoloin, back towards Nuits-Saint-Georges.
There's a sharp right turn on the D974, the last turn before the finish. Then, as the route passes Comblanchien, it's straight for about 5km to the line - which is on the D974 at its junction with the D35, on the southern edge of Nuits-Saint-Georges.
Stage 7 is another chance for the sprinters. Greipel, Cavendish, Kittel, and maybe Alexander Kristoff are likely to be in with a chance. But could Dan McLay, riding for Fortuneo Vital Concept, spring a surprise?
Stage 8 of the Tour de France 2017 is from Dôle to the Station des Rousses.
Read about Stage 8, Tour de France 2017.
Troyes is a town of about 60,000 people on the river Seine, and the capital of the Aube département. It is in the Champagne region (the name Champagne arising in the C5th at the time of King Clovis, derived from campania, countryside).
Troyes gets its name from the Gallic tribe who lived here, the Tricasses, although under the Romans, the town was known as Augustobona.
A famous battle took place near Troyes in 451, in which Attila the Hun was defeated, ending his ambitions of conquering Roman Gaul.
Many of the older buildings in Troyes date from the C16th - they include colourful half-timbered houses.
Traditionally, Troyes' economy was based on textiles, including stockings and knitwear. Today, there are still some factories, and the town has many factory outlet shops, offering discounts of 30 to 70%.
Troyes is twinned with Tournai (Belgium), Chesterfield (UK), and Brescia (Italy).
Mâlain is a shortening of Mediolanum, the town's name in Antiquity. It was founded in 70BC, and was an important trading town. Greek and Italian wines were imported, and local food products exchanged for them. There are navigable rivers nearby.
The fortress dates from the C11th.
Nuits-Saint-Georges is a famous wine-making town in the arrondissement of Beaune, and the Côte d'Or département of Burgundy.
The wine-producing area around the town is known as Côte de Nuits.
Other than wine, the area is known for its marble which is pink and beige in colour.
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