Fortunes can change quickly on Paris-Nice as Marcel Kittel (ARG) found out when he clinched the second stage in Cerilly while the previous day's winner Nacer Bouhanni crashed out in an incident-ridden 200.5-kms ride from Vimory.
Germany's Kittel, who had missed the first bunch sprint in Nemours after a puncture, surged impressively in the long final stretch to take the day's laurels ahead of Elia Viviani. The Italian made the best of his consistency over the first three days of the race to take the yellow jersey away from Bouhanni. The Cannondale sprinter also picked the green and...
This village, with 1,134 inhabitants, located a few kilometres south-west of Montargis, 1 hour 15 minutes south of Paris, in the Centre region, covers 2,620 hectares. Vimory has preserved evidence of its past such as the Courtoins Mill with its oak wheel or the Château de la Chapelle which dates back to the 12th century. The church, also from the 12th century, was rebuilt at the beginning of the 17th century and its caquetoire was renovated in 2004.
Vimory has for a long time projected the image of a rural village, with traditional professions such as farriers, saddlers, wheelwrights, clog makers and basket makers. Locals today appreciate the peaceful, rural environment. In this ideal setting, the Montargis-Vimory Airfield offers a great opportunity for leisure and tourism activities (light aviation, helicopter flying, parachuting, hot air balloon rides and model aircraft flying) with the Gâtinais Flying Club which celebrated its 80th anniversary in September 2012.
Located at the edge of the majestic Tronçais Forest, Cérilly is a tourist stopover in the department of Allier, 45 minutes from Montluçon and Moulins, 90 minutes from Vichy, 35 minutes from Saint-Amand-Montrond and 60 minutes from Bourges and Nevers. This small town was the birthplace of several key figures such as the naturalist François Péron, the philosopher Jacques Chevalier, the famous engraver Marcellin Desboutin and the writer Charles-Louis Philippe who wrote, among other works, "Marie Donadieu" and co-founded the "Nouvelle Revue Française". The town's Saint-Martin Church has a curious, three-storey bell tower, one of the most beautiful in the region, which is home to a magnificent 17th century entombment.
Cérilly has developed its economy around the food processing industry as well as forestry as part of the 11,000 hectares of the Tronçais Forest is situated there. Its oaks are sought-after as much for cabinet making as for making shooks and barrels for Cognac and Bordeaux wines. Its craftsmen, shop keepers and community-based associations make it a dynamic village.
Jersey wearers after the stage 7
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