Pont du Gard


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Pont du Gard

(pôN dü gär), Roman aqueduct across the Gard River, Gard dept., S France. Built in 19 B.C. to supply NîmesNîmes
, city (1990 pop. 133,607), capital of Gard dept., S France, in Cévennes. An important market town and rail hub, its products include machinery, textiles and clothing, and tinware. An old Gallic town, it became Roman c.120 B.C.
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 with water, it consists of three tiers of arches and is c.900 ft (270 m) long and c.160 ft (50 m) high. This famous construction is admired for its architectural proportions. The lowest tier is now used as a road bridge.
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Such of my readers as have made a pedestrian excursion to the south of France may perchance have noticed, about midway between the town of Beaucaire and the village of Bellegarde, -- a little nearer to the former than to the latter, -- a small roadside inn, from the front of which hung, creaking and flapping in the wind, a sheet of tin covered with a grotesque representation of the Pont du Gard. This modern place of entertainment stood on the left-hand side of the post road, and backed upon the Rhone.
Having arrived before the Pont du Gard, the horse stopped, but whether for his own pleasure or that of his rider would have been difficult to say.
Since 2004, 18 labels have been awarded or renewed: Baie de Somme, Aven d'Orgnac, Sainte-Victoire mountain, Pont du Gard, Pointe du Raz in Cap Sizun, Bibracte - Mont-Beuvray, Puy de Dme, Marais Poitevin, Gorges from the Hrault, two caps Gris-Nez Blanc-Nez, puy Mary - Cantal volcano, Solutr, Pouilly, Vergisson, Camargue gardoise, circus Navacelles, Sanguinaires islands - Parata point, Conca d'Oru, vineyard of Patrimonio - Gulf of Saint-Florent, wild dunes Gvres Quiberon, Canigou massif.
The 124-mile trundle from Pont du Gard to Gap erupted around 14 miles from the finish, when Martin - a fourtimes world champion in the time trial - appeared to barge Rowe and almost ran him off the road.
Rowe was expelled along with Jumbo-Visma's Tony Martin after the pair clashed during stage 17 from Pont du Gard to Gap.
The European champion was part of a 33-man group which went up the road early in the 200km stage from Pont du Gard, and he broke clear on the approach to the final climb as the group began to splinter.
Footage showed Martin almost riding Rowe off the road late in the 200km stage from Pont du Gard, with Rowe then retaliating by grabbing the German.
European champion Trentin was part of a 33-man group - also including Ireland's Nicolas Roche of Team Sunbweb - which went up the road early in the 200km stage from Pont du Gard.
<B Riders in the breakaway group pedal during the 17th stage of the Tour de France between Pont Du Gard and Gap
The heatwave was a worry at the first century Roman aquaduct of Pont du Gard where the stage started, with hundreds of fans seeking refuge from the searing conditions by splashing around in the Gardon river.
Earlier riders tried to cool down with bottles of cold water against the backs of their necks as they pedaled on the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge set against a dramatic landscape of rocks, trees and water.
Earlier, riders tried to cool down with bottles of cold water against the backs of their necks as they pedaled on the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge set against a dramatic landscape of rocks, trees and water.