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Tour de France "visits" our project in France

The 7th step of this year’s Tour de France has crossed Champagne and Burgundy in a 213.5 km line. Coming from Troyes, the contestants went past the Citeaux abbey, founded in 1098 and heart of the Cistercian order, then used the D996 road near the villages of Broin, Auvillars sur Saône and the D20 road to reach Bagnot, and head to Nuits St Georges, the arrival line.

Between Broin and Bagnot lies the trench for the GRT GAS pipeline on which we operate dewatering pumps at PK 14, 13, 12 and 10, less than 2 km away from the Tour de France route !
Roads have been closed at 13:30, and a lot of people had already gathered alongside the route, in the hope of greeting champions and receiving goodies from the numerous sponsors that follow the contestants. Indeed, the Tour de France has always been a huge opportunity to advertise in the most remote parts of the country.
Unfortunately, our working site was too far from the road to grant a good view on the race, and our guys were working on Friday afternoon. On PK10 were so many caravans and people that you could barely see the road anyway.

This step was one to remember, partly because it was the first tour arrival in Nuit St Georges, but more importantly because the winner, German Marcel Kittel won against the Norwegian Edwald Boarson-Hagen by 6 mm !! Almost half a centimeter after a 200 k race! Did the German get boosted by the good vibes sent by his fellow countrymen working nearby? We’ll never know….


By : Aude HEZARD
Picture: Hardy BÜCHNER
Picture: Hardy BÜCHNER
Picture: Hardy BÜCHNER
Picture: Hardy BÜCHNER
Picture: Hardy BÜCHNER
Picture: Aude HEZARD
Picture: Hardy BÜCHNER