The stage in pictures
Paris Nice 2014 - 11/03/2014 - Etape3 - Toucy - Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours - peloton © Presse Sports/S.Boue
An hour and a half from Paris along the A6 or the A77 motorways, Toucy, a leafy gateway to the Puisaye region, welcomes you with a magnificent oasis of nature and tranquillity. You will discover its picturesque Saturday market, awarded the “Burgundy flavours and expertise” label, its famous fairs and its multitude of shops and restaurants. Toucy boasts a whole host of facilities: a camp site, tennis courts, a swimming pool, walking paths, a lake, a river, stadiums, gymnasiums, a bowling pitch, a riding school as well as a cycling club at DN2 level. History enthusiasts can enjoy strolling through the streets of this old town, whose origins date back to the beginning of the Middle Ages, and discover an interesting leaning church with 12th century fortifications and a chevet adjoined by an enormous corner tower, as well as an elegant 17th century castle. Toucy is also the birthplace of Pierre Larousse, the distinguished encyclopaedist renowned for his 19th century Great Universal Dictionary, covering the extent of the knowledge of the era in fifteen volumes. Ever since, "Larousse" has become renowned throughout the world.
Circuit de Nevers
Located 12 km south-east of Nevers in the Burgundy Region, and the property of Nevers County Council since 1986, the Nevers Magny-Cours motor racing circuit is known the world over for hosting the Formula 1 French Grand Prix from 1991 to 2008 and the French leg of the Superbike World Championship from 2003 onwards. This legendary site, where the world's greatest drivers and motorcyclists have performed marvels, is made up of three circuits: the Grand Prix track (4.4 km), the Club track (2.5 km) and the karting track 1.1 km). As well as this and in addition to its primary, purely sports-related role, the circuit is also equipped with visitor facilities, reception rooms and conference rooms, meaning that company meetings, seminars and conventions can be organised there. The circuit is surrounded by the Magny-Cours Technopole, a cutting-edge industrial and technological park that houses over 20 companies specialising in motorsports. Here, you will find teams that design and construct racing vehicles, engine companies, aerodynamics experts, racing teams, racing schools and more.
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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