Yvelines, Act VI

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The start of the season for cycling's major stage races will take place for the 6th consecutive year in the Yvelines department in 2015. The 73rd edition of Paris-Nice will start on 8th March with... Read more

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Paris-Nice updates: two days to go



Two days before its start, the Race to the Sun is already breaking records, as it prepares to host the shooting of a film on Laurent Fignon and Jean Floc'h steps up to the plate as the new sponsor of the polka-dot jersey...

Power riders will be disappointed at the lack of a prologue or any other sort of time trialling in the 2014 edition. This has only happened eight times in the entire history of Paris–Nice, the last one in 1955. Standing at 1,447 kilometres, the route of the 72nd Race to the Sun is also one of the longest of all times, surpassed only by editions held over nine or more days. Finally, the Paris–Nice opener, featuring several loops around Mantes-la-Jolie, will see the peloton cross the finish line no fewer than four times: quite a first!

Laurent Fignon may have only won two stages at Paris–Nice (in 1987, the only time he managed to finish on the podium), but he left his mark by running the Race to the Sun for several years. The character of Fignon will be back next week, embodied by Samuel Le Bihan for a TV film being produced by a France Télévisions team led by Fabien Onteniente. This TV drama, scheduled for broadcasting in June, deals with the former rider's relationship with his doctor during the last Tour de France in which he took part as a consultant for the French public TV channel. The film crews will use Paris–Nice as a backdrop for several stages.

This is the fifth time in a row that the Yvelines department hosts the start of Paris–Nice, a fantastic opportunity to celebrate cycling in all its shapes and colours. As part of the Tous cyclistes en Yvelines ("We're all cyclists in Yvelines") operation, cycling lovers and curious riders of all levels of prowess will flock to Mantes-la-Jolie on March 8 to participate in free rides taking place on six different courses, ranging from 18 to 94 km long. Just like with tomorrow's champions, the rides will start from the quays on the river Seine, near Gassicourt Lake (times and registration: http://www.codep78-ffct.org/).

Jean Floc'h, a household name for all cycling fans, will have a double presence in this year's Paris–Nice. The name of the founder of this agrofoods group, which began its cycling adventure in 1994 by launching the Bernard Sport team, will continue to appear on the jerseys of the Bretagne-Séché Environnement riders. Whatever the fortunes of the Feillu brothers and the promising Eduardo Sepúlveda, Jean Floc'h will also feature on the best climber's jersey, which it is sponsoring both at Paris–Nice and at the upcoming Critérium International (March 29 and 30).

Three new TV channels will be showing Paris–Nice to their viewers this year: Sportsnet will round off media coverage of the race in Canada by relaying it to English-speaking cycling fans, with TVI24 set to bring Paris–Nice live to Portugal for the first time and S4C ready to broadcast the final programme in Wales. In France, the event will be broadcast live every day by France 3 and by Eurosport, which will show approximately the last two hours of racing.

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Jersey wearers after the stage 8

Classifications after the stage 8


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