Stage 6 of Tour de France 2013 (100th edition) is a flat stage from Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier. The length of the course is 176.5 kilometers. The course is suitable to pure sprinters.
|DATE||July 04 2013, Thursday|
|START-FINISH||Aix-en-Provence (228 m) > Montpellier (55 m)|
|LENGTH OF THE COURSE||176.5 km|
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Mountain passes & hills
|68.0||Col de la Vayède, 0.7 kilometre-long climb at 7%||4|
@km 63.0, Mausanne-Les-Alpilles
Aix-en-Provence is a city-commune in south of France, some 30 km (19 mi) north of Marseille. It is in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, in the département of Bouches-du-Rhône, of which it is a subprefecture. The population of Aix is approximately 143,000. Its inhabitants are called Aixois or, less commonly, Aquisextains.Aix-en-Provence is an elegant town with its streets and lively squares. Here you can combine the pleasures of taking a stroll and window shopping with a noble heritage, enjoy a drink on the terraces whilst admiring the architectural beauty.
Aix is often referred to as the city of a thousand fountains. Among the most notable are the 17th-century Fontaine des Quatre Dauphins (Fountain of the Four Dolphins) in the Quartier Mazarin, designed by Jean-Claude Rambot, and three of the fountains down the central Cours Mirabeau: At the top, a 19th-century fountain depicts the “good king” René holding the Muscat grapes that he introduced to Provence in the 15th century; halfway down is a natural hot water fountain (34 °C), covered in moss, dating back to the Romans; and at the bottom at la Rotonde, the hub of modern Aix, stands a monumental fountain from 1860 beneath three giant statues representing art, justice and agriculture. In the older part of Aix, there are also fountains of note in the Place d’Albertas and the Place des Trois-Ormeaux.
Montpellier, s the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, as well as the Hérault department. Montpellier is the 8th largest city of France, and is also the fastest growing city in the country over the past 25 years. Located on the south coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, it is the third-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille and Nice.