Nacer Bouhanni has an eventful relationship with Paris-Nice. Last year, the FDJ ace sprinter crashed out of the race on the third day with the leader's jersey on his back after winning the first stage. On Sunday by the banks of the Seine, he crashed and spent some time with the race doctor along the 162-kms of the circuit stage of the day before surging to outsprint the rest of the field on the line in Mantes-la-Jolie ahead of Germany's John Degenkolb and Belgium's Gianni Meersman. On sheer class, the former French champion claimed back the yellow garment, hoping to be luckier this time and...Read more Key moments
The stage in pictures
Paris Nice 2014 - 09/03/2014 - Etape 1 - Mantes la Jolie - Mantes la Jolie © Presse Sports/S.Boué
In an ideal location, west of Île-de-France, around 50km from Paris, Mantes-la-Jolie has 44,000 inhabitants making it the 3rd largest town in the department of Yvelines. It is steeped in historical heritage, of which Notre-Dame Collegiate Church, the Gothic-style 12th century church, is most certainly the crowning jewel. Also a town for sports-lovers, it is home to nearly 500 associations offering local inhabitants around 80 different activities and to several facilities which have been set up to meet local requirements. This is the case for the Didier Simond International watersports stadium, which hosts some of the top-level competitions such as, for example next June, the European sprint junior and U23 canoe-kayak Championships, as well as the Jean-Paul David artificial football pitch offering every team the chance to train in optimum conditions all year round. Thanks to the Seine-Aval national planning operation, in which Mantes-la-Jolie has a central role, the Seine Valley has become a strategic zone, future stop for the Normandy TGV and the RER E (overground train).The Mantes-University district, currently under construction, has injected a new drive with its university hub with 3,000 students, its 1,300 homes and range of leisure activities. It symbolises a new lease of life which has made the centre of Mantes-la-Jolie the heart of the whole urban area. With large-scale events and shows organised throughout the year, attracting visitors from far-afield, Mantes-la-Jolie has built up its projects and confirmed its status as an attractive and modern town. The major town planning project, "Cours des Dames", in the town centre bears witness to this, combining housing, shops and a 3-star hotel, a first for Mantes-la-Jolie. Such advantages will ensure the town centre remains attractive and lively over time. From urban developments to the opening up of its river, the Seine, it is committed to an environmentally-friendly future. To make Mantes even more beautiful!
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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