UNVEILING OF THE ROUTES FOR 2023

The unveiling of the routes for the 2023 Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift will take place on Thursday 27th October from 11.30 (UTC+2) at the Palais des Congrès convention centre in Paris.

SAINT-DIÉ-DES-VOSGES

Sub-prefecture of the Vosges (88)
Population: 21,000 (Deodatians)
Personalities: Jules Ferry (statesman, father of secular, free and compulsory schooling), Jean-Marie Cavada (journalist), Julien Lepers (presenter), Sylvain Dufour (snowboard), Clément Noël, born in Remiremont (Vosges) in 1997 (alpine skiing, slalom Olymoic champiopn), Grégoire Balland (Masters road cycling world champion), Matthieu Péché (2017 world champion in canoeing, bronze medallist at the 2016 Olympic Games), Sabrina Enaux (national top 3 in cross-country, 3rd at the 2016 Marathon mountain bike world championship).
Specialities: quiche lorraine, pâté lorrain, mirabelle plum (tart and brandy), honey, Vosges sweets, Vosges blue wine, Munster géromé, Chique (white cheese), Fumé vosgien (smoked pork), Tofaille (potatoes cooked with bacon and onions), trout, aniseed bread, brimbelles (varieties of blueberries), brimbelle tart
Sport: 9,500 members, 77 associations. Events: French Volleyball Cup, French Twirling Baton Championship final.
On a bike: 400 km of marked mountain bike trails. Comprehensive travel plan for soft mobility.
Economy: Industries: Papeteries de Clairefontaine, Numalliance (machine tools), Salveco (biochemistry). Innovation: VirtuReaL, a centre of excellence dedicated to rapid product development (CIRTES Research & Development), InSIC (engineers), Actarus and Strat'Ym development of distribution and service activities, INORI (Innovation platform). IUT de Lorraine. Tourism: destination Vosges Portes d'Alsace
Festival: International Geography Festival (October)
Labels: 3 flowers, 3 @, 2 APIcité bees and winner of the first "City of Honey" award in 2018, Active and Sporting City
Websites :
https://www.saint-die.eu/ / https://www.ca-saintdie.fr/
https://www.vosges-portes-alsace.fr/fr/accueil.php
https://www.facebook.com/ville.saintdiedesvosges/
https://www.facebook.com/casaintdie/
https://www.facebook.com/office.tourisme.saint.die.des.vosges/
https://www.facebook.com/Saint-Di%C3%A9-des-Vosges-Au-Tour-des-Femmes-2545697015471649/?modal=admin_todo_tour
www.vosges.frwww.tourisme.vosges.frwww.bike.vosges.frwww.jevoislavieenvosges.frhttps://fr-fr.facebook.com/jevoislavieenvosgeshttps://www.grandest.fr/

© Ville de Saint-Dié-des-Vosges
© Ville de Saint-Dié-des-Vosges
© Ville de Saint-Dié-des-Vosges

SAINT-DIÉ-DES-VOSGES TODAY

Saint-Dié-des-Vosges gave America its name
It was in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges that the New Continent "discovered" by Christopher Columbus took the name America in 1507. The Vosges Gymnasium, a group of scholars led by Canon Vautrin Lud, was entrusted by Duke René II of Lorraine with the account of the expeditions of the Florentine navigator Amerigo Vespucci and the Portuguese maps.
The members of the Gymnasium decided to create a new world map incorporating these discoveries. It was German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller who, commissioned by the Vosges Gymnasium, decided to name the new continent America in honour of Vespucci, which he had inscribed on a planisphere of 1513. Waldseemüller later regretted his choice when he discovered that others, including Columbus, had set foot on these unknown lands. But his map was so successful that the name stuck.
A Florentine living in Seville, Amerigo Vespucci took part in four voyages between 1497 and 1504. He is said to have been the first to establish that the lands discovered by Columbus were not the Indies but a new, unexplored continent. This finding was confirmed a few years later by conquistador Vasco Nunez de Balboa, who landed in Panama and discovered the Pacific by its eastern coast.
Long ignored, the role of Saint-Dié-des-Vosges in the naming of America was finally established in 1875 and events of friendship between the town and the United States have been organised ever since. The discovery of the Vosges Gymnasium led to the creation of the International Geography Festival of Saint-Dié-les-Vosges.

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SAINT DIÉ DES VOSGES AND CYCLING

Saint-Dié-des-Vosges has already seen some of the biggest names in the women’s peloton in the Route de France in 2010. Dutch rider Marianne Vos won the race ahead of her compatriot Annemiek Van Vleuten and German rider Judith Arndt. Between them, it amounted to eight world champion titles between them, on the road or in time trials... Former cyclo-cross specialist Nadia Triquet-Claude is also a native of Saint-Dié.

Marianne Vos © Pressesports/David Stockman/Belga
Nadia Triquet-Claude © Pressesports/Bruno BAde

SIGHTS

Pierre Noël Museum
The Pierre-Noël Museum has recently undergone a facelift to improve the reception and comfort of visitors. The spaces dedicated to the 20th century, which are rooted in the destruction of the city in 1944, are now visible and open onto post-war issues in terms of architecture with Le Corbusier, design and industry with Jean Prouvé and art with the New School of Paris in particular...
Also to be discovered is the collection of Claire and Yvan Goll, figures of surrealism, as well as the abstraction of the 1950s through the works of Zao Wouki, Bazaine, Manessier, Fernand Léger, Pierre Didier...

The Claude and Duval factory
Built: 1946
Listing: Unesco World Heritage Site. Listed as a historical monument in 1988.
History: In July 1946, industrialist Jean-Jacques Duval entrusted Le Corbusier with the reconstruction of his hosiery factory, founded in 1908 and two-thirds destroyed in November 1944. The architect seized the opportunity to create a functional "green factory" that was 20 pc less expensive than a traditional building. The factory was rebuilt on its original site near the ruined cathedral.
Characteristics: Le Corbusier designed a project that is attached to one of the former workshops on the ground floor. The building, 80-metres long and about 12.50-metres wide, resembles a small housing unit mounted on stilts, three storeys high and covered with a self-contained roof terrace. Technically and plastically, the factory successfully combines a concrete frame with two blind gable walls made of reused pink sandstone. The ceilings are painted with brightly coloured rectangles. The resulting contrast of materials and colours places this work in the tradition of the villas of the 1930s, which already heralded the Brutalism of the post-war years. The largely glazed workshops are protected by concrete brise-soleils which play an aesthetic as well as a functional role. These were the first in Le Corbusier's work in France, only a few months before those of the Marseille Habitation Unit.
Current destination: the Manufacture de Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, Claude et Duval factory is a textile factory still in operation today. The company mainly manufactures luxury knitwear for women. The factory is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, as is the entire work of Le Corbusier.

Celtic camp of La Bure
Period: Second Iron Age.
Listing: listed as a historical monument in 1982,
Characteristics: La Bure is the second major archaeological site in Lorraine after Grand. Overlooking the Meurthe valley, the site consists of a naturally fortified rocky ridge, whose defensive character was reinforced from the 2nd century BC by a series of fortified works. Covering an area of 3 hectares, the site was the subject of several excavation campaigns between 1964 and 1986. These excavations brought to light the remains of craft activities (forge work, stone extraction, etc.), agricultural activities and cultural activities (sculpted representations of several divinities linked to the cults of Dianes, Jupiter and Mercury) as well as more than a thousand coins (Gallic and Roman) testifying to important exchanges.

20th century heritage
The whole of the town centre on the right bank of the second reconstruction of Saint-Dié-des-Vosges (Quai de Lattre, Quai Leclerc, Rue Thiers, Rue Stanislas, Rue Dauphine, Place du Général de Gaulle, etc.) has been designated as 20th century heritage by the Ministry of Culture.

Freedom Tower
Resembling a large white bird in the middle of Mansuy Park, it symbolises the quest of all peoples for freedom. The tower was erected by Vosges architects Nicolas Normier and Jean-Marie Hennin to commemorate the bicentenary of the French Revolution. It was first erected in Paris, in the Tuileries Gardens, in 1989, flanked by a similar tower. The town of Saint-Dié-des-Vosges was asked to host it the following year for a symbolic franc. It was inaugurated on 14 July 1990.

© Ji-Elle
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© Ville de Saint-Dié-des-Vosges
© Ville de Saint-Dié-des-Vosges

TO EAT

Toffailles
Toffailles are stewed potatoes. This Vosges speciality, which can be found almost everywhere in farm inns and mountain restaurants, is made from potatoes, onions and bacon, the basic ingredients of mountain cooking.
They represent a very rural tradition, the peasants used to cook the toffailles slowly in a casserole placed on the hearth, while they went to do their work in the fields. When they returned, the meal was ready to be served. And above all, they did not have to watch them.
But as with grated cheese, the recipe for toffaillles varies from farm to farm or restaurant to restaurant.

Toffaille © Getty/kabVisio

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