Sunday March 6th, 2016

PrologueConflans-Sainte-Honorine / Conflans-Sainte-Honorine

Start 11h42 (Local time)
  • Matthews keeps the Paris-Nice leader jersey Australian property

    Road world silver-medallist Michael Matthews (Orica Greendge) was known as one of the most exceptional sprinters in the bunch. "Bling" emerged as an excellent prologue specialist as well, winning the 74th Paris-Nice opener in 7:39  for his very first race of the season. The Australian all-rounder, winner of a stage a year ago, upset pre-race favourite Tom Dumoulin (Giant Alpecin) by one second while unheralded New Zealander Patrick Bevin (Cannondale) was third, a further second adrift....

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Tourist attractions

Conflans-Sainte-Honorine

With more than 36,000 inhabitants, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine is the seventh largest town in Yvelines. Considered the capital of inland water shipping, it is located at the confluence of the Seine and the Oise, on the river route connecting Paris and Normandy. As well as serving as a doorway from Yvelines to the English Channel and the North Sea via the future Seine-Nord canal, the town remains a docking point that is dear to sailors' hearts, and has more recently earned a reputation as a hub for river tourism in Ile-de-France. The Musée de la Batellerie et des Voies Navigables, which symbolises these aspirations as well as being a European benchmark in the field, underwent a complete restoration and reopened its doors to the public in June 2015. Created in 1965 on the initiative of Louise Weiss, a Conflans resident and keen proponent of the European project, the museum contains the richest and most comprehensive collection in Europe. It is located in the Château du Prieuré in the park of the same name. It offers a unique panoramic view of the Seine Valley from its balconies. The park is also home to curiosities such as the greenhouse, the orangery and the grand cellar, whilst the Tour Montjoie is a treasure to discover in the typical Vieux-Conflans neighbourhood. Every June, the boatmen hold a traditional gathering in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine for the Pardon National de la Batellerie, a major celebration organised to honour the memory of former shipping workers who died fighting for France. The 57th edition will take place on 17th, 18th and 19th June 2016. One of the natives of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine will be present for the prologue of Paris-Nice.  Indeed, Nicolas Roche, the team mate of Chris Froome, the most recent winner of the Tour de France, in the Sky team, was born in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine and spent part of his childhood there.
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In the heart of the Parc du Prieuré, the Château du Prieuré accommodates the Musée de la Batellerie et des Voies Navigables - © Mathieu Ferrier Many river tourist stop off on the quays of the Seine and Vieux Conflans - ©Town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine © Ville de Conflans Saint-Honorine © Département des Yvelines

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