Tour de France 2013 Stage 13 is a 173 km flat stage from Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond. Despite the course is suitable for the pure sprinters, the little climb close to the finish line may cause a selection.
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Tour de France 2013 Stage 13 quick info
- DATE: July 12, 2013, Friday
- STAGE TYPE: Flat
- START-FINISH: Tours (95 m) > Saint-Amand-Montrond (162 m)
- LENGTH OF THE COURSE: 173 km
Tour de France 2013 Stage 13 Profile
Mountain passes & hills
Km 77.5 – Côte de Crotz, 1.2 kilometre long climb at 4% – category 4
Tours is a city in central France, the capital of the Indre-et-Loire department.It stands on the lower reaches of the river Loire, between Orléans and the Atlantic coast. Touraine, the region around Tours, is known for its wines, the alleged perfection (as perceived by some speakers) of its local spoken French, and the Battle of Tours in 732. It is also the site of the Paris-Tours road bicycle race. Tours is the largest city in the Centre region of France, although it is not the regional capital, which is the region’s second-largest city, Orléans.
Saint-Amand-Montrond is a commune in the Cher department in the Centre region of France.
A small town of farming and a little light industry situated some 26 miles (42 km) southeast of Bourges, at the junction of the D951 with the D300 and D2144 roads. The town was built in the basin of the eastern banks of the Cher River which separates it from the commune of Orval, to which it is connected by two bridges.
A small river, the Marmande, joins the Cher here, and the canal de Berry crosses the commune from southeast to southwest. Some flooding is common because of the nearby marshes. The town is the capital of the small region of Boischaut, known for its woodland and cattle pastures.
Main sights of Saint-Amand-Montrond
- The church of Saint Amandus, dating from the eleventh century.
- Several houses dating from the fifteenth century.
- The church of a Carmelite convent dating from the fifteenth century.
- A chapel from the convent, nowadays the town hall (hôtel de ville).
- Château de Montrond, a thirteenth-century castle, a historic site.
- The chateau of La Férolle.
- Vestiges of the twelfth-century castle of Saint-Amand-le-Chatel.
- The museum of Saint-Vic.