Nacer Bouhanni was among the leading favourites to win the 1st stage of Paris-Nice and he lived up to the expectations to swap his French champion tricolore for the Yellow Jersey of the Race to the Sun. The FDJ ace sprinter overpowered Italians Alessandro Petacchi and Elia Viviani to snatch one of his most brilliant victories to date thanks to a perfect lead-out work by his team-mates.
As a a result, three Frenchmen are now leading the general classification, prologue winner Damien Gaudin trailing Bouhanni by fractions of a second while Sylvain Chavanel is third, one second adrift,...
The towns / A sporting view
A hunting ground for Henry IV, the young Louis XIII's town, the home of François I, the birthplace of Louis XIV... the history of Saint-Germain-en-Laye is intimately linked to the presence of our kings. The town is also characterized by its architectural, cultural and natural heritage. The historical centre, the château and the Le Nôtre terrace, with an exceptional view over Paris, are given their rightful place, but the town has also begun urban development projects to encourage community and social links as well as an environmentally-friendly approach.
Bolstered by its remarkable past, it has never stopped looking to the future and promoting a harmonious coexistence. Beautiful and daring, located in the heart of the 3,500 hectares of the Saint-Germain Forest, the royal town thrives only a stone's throw from Paris, creating links between generations and between regions with its 20,000 school children and its international atmosphere. With a creative approach to the environment, its thriving, interesting shops, its community-based associations and economic make-up, Saint-Germain-en-Laye is resolutely forward-looking.
75km from Paris, in the southern Seine-et-Marne, Nemours and its 13,000 inhabitants benefit from a privileged position in the heart of the Loing Valley, protected in the north by the forest of Fontainebleau. This former capital of the French "Gâtinais" province, referred to as the "Venice of the Gâtinais Region" covers 1,082 hectares and can be accessed by the D607 (ex RN7) and the Autoroute du Soleil (A6). Its château is an integral part of its history, of the seigneury and of the dukedom of Nemours. Located in the heart of the medieval town centre, it is one of the only châteaux situated in a town in Ile de France preserved in its original state. Key figures such as Victor Hugo, Hippolyte Bayard, Dupont de Nemours and Honoré de Balzac all played a part in its history.
In 1901 a committee chaired by Sanson, a sculptor from Nemours, decided to establish a fine art museum here. Awarded the "Museum of France" label, it boasts a remarkable collection of graphic art, paintings and sculptures from the end of the 19th /beginning of the 20th century and several local archaeological artefacts, natural science exhibits, tapestries, earthenware, etc.
Jersey wearers after the stage 7
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