The towns / A sporting view
The first settlers came to the town during the Bronze Age, but it was the Celtic Ambarri tribe who gave Ambérieu its name. _ A number of fortresses were built in the surrounding area at the time of the wars between the Dauphiné and Savoy provinces in the Middle Ages, including the Château de Saint-Germain and the Château des Allymes. Ambérieu’s industrial past has also left its mark. The arrival of the railway in 1856 was a major turning point, acting as a catalyst for the town’s economic development and changing not just the landscape, but also the social fabric of the town. The Railway Museum bears witness to this today. And from the beginning of the 20th century Ambérieu also became an important centre for pioneers in the field of aviation. Only a small part of the old town remains today, but it is home to many unusual sights and historical anecdotes. Today Ambérieu combines the benefits of a quiet town with the facilities that come with a lively economy, thriving sports and cultural scenes, and a rich network of clubs and associations worthy of a larger city.
There are neither high mountains nor lakes which attract tourists in Tarare, nor mediaeval castles or wildlife parks. Tarare is not somewhere to visit - it's somewhere to live. Situated on the famous Route Nationale 7 between Lyon and Roanne, Tarare is the capital of the canton and has moved into a new era, focusing resolutely on the future. The opening of the A89 motorway now connects it to Lyon as well as to Clermont-Ferrand. The industrial wasteland at the entrance to the town has recently been upgraded with a view to restoring its long-tarnished image. At its heart, the traditional Ninkasi beer is brewed at one of the biggest sites in the Rhône-Alpes region. The town is also home to the Maison des Entreprises de l'Ouest Lyonnais and numerous other industries such as dyeing factories, one of the symbols of this new-found ambition, focusing on recognised areas of expertise including textiles, floor coverings and foodstuffs. Tarare is a town on the move and in 2010, it was proud to be awarded the 'Ville Ludique et Sportive' label.
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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