The capital of the French Riviera, Nice is a town steeped in history, culture, art, creation, events, leisure, nature, warmth and flavour. The real economic heart of the region, it is a modern and active town which has managed to retain its traditional way of life and its warm welcome. The fifth biggest town in France, with 350,000 inhabitants, the second biggest international tourist destination after Paris with five million visitors per year, and the second biggest airport in France with eleven million passengers per year, Nice boasts a unique setting and an exceptional climate. 80% of its territory is mountainous, extending from the shores of the Mediterranean to the ski resorts in the Mercantour National Park. In addition to its famous Promenade des Anglais, the picturesque little streets of the old town, and the twenty or so museums and galleries housing prestigious art collections, the town never ceases to develop. The end of last year saw the opening of the Promenade du Paillon, an urban park extending over twelve hectares, a real “green lung” in the heart of the town. In addition, the recent renovation of the Quai des États-Unis now offers pedestrians and cyclists more space to get about and enjoy unobstructed views of the sea. Nice also took a giant leap forward in sporting terms in 2013, with the inauguration of its new stadium, the Allianz Riviera, which played host to two major competitions, the Seventh Jeux de la Francophonie and the hundredth edition of the Tour de France. After cycling, it's the Tour de France à la Voile, the sailing competition which will make its big return to Nice next summer, where the final stage of the event will take place. Two other major events are scheduled for the coming years: in 2015 the European Masters Games, featuring veteran athletes and numerous disciplines, will bring together thousands of participants, and in 2016, the UEFA Euro Football championships. The finish of the 72nd edition of Paris-Nice will also occupy a key place in the town's very dense and high-quality sporting calendar.
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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