This area boasts green plains, generously formed hills, architectural gems with warm colours not unlike those in the none too far away south of France, the mysterious and charming Loire River, not forgetting the culinary specialities, which are absolutely delicious in the land of the Troisgros family of restaurant owners! In the town and the marvellous Côte roannaise wine appellation, hospitality and producing divine taste experiences is an art form. However, Roanne is also an active, booming town that is creating jobs. It boasts all that is necessary for everybody to flourish. Cultural and sports activities benefit from top quality, comprehensive and adapted facilities as well as dynamic clubs and associations. Major and superb events are prominent in a rich programme. Two years after having transformed the home of its two times French champion basketball club, renowned for hosting spectacular matches, into a tennis court for the Fed Cup (when the French women’s team beat Spain in a play-off match), Roannais Agglomération is proud to welcome the Critérium du Dauphiné. Once again, our town has innovated and will be springing a surprise with a unique and unprecedented start: before riding against the clock on the roads of the Côte roannaise, the riders will set off from a ramp set up inside the Scarabée concert hall. This modern, attractive and modular venue is a place that attracts crowds. Whether for concerts, shows, fairs or conventions, there is always an all-encompassing buzz in this setting for the events that it hosts. This will naturally be the case for this historical stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, in a town that is home to the famous and combative CR4C cycling club and its national division one team. At the very heart of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Roanne, its surrounding area and population rhyme with openness, dynamism and modernity.