Monday March 7th, 2016

Stage 1Condé-sur-Vesgre / Vendôme

Start 11h55 (Local time)
  • Demare avenges barren season with stage 1 win

    Arnaud Demare avenged a season of struggle when he surged in the final stretch of a snowy first stage of Paris-Nice to outsprint Ben Swift (Sky) and Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) and snatch his first major victory since his French champion title two years ago. Australia's Michael Matthews (Orica Greenegde)  kept a close watch on his main GC rivals to retain his leader's yellow jersey, even collecting a few seconds in the last intermediate sprint of the day before the final battle started on the...

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The stage in videos

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Onboard - Stage 1 - Paris-Nice 2016

  • Onboard - Stage 1 - Paris-Nice 2016
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The stage in pictures

photo07/03/2016 

Paris-Nice 2016 - 07/03/2016 - Etape 1 - Condé-sur-Vesgre - Vendôme (198 Km) - les coureurs dans la cote du chemin du Tertre de la Motte © ASO/B.Bade

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Tourist attractions

Condé-sur-Vesgre

Located 60km south-west of Paris, Condé-sur-Vesgre offers an agreeable way of life due to its rich natural heritage. The village's situation is highly desirable: not only does the Vesgre, a tributary of the Eure, run through it, but the east of its territory also includes part of the Rambouillet woodlands, where visitors and residents can go for walks in a setting where wild boar, stags, does, pheasants and herons can be seen. Historically, Condé stands out thanks to the 11th century Saint-Germain-de-Paris church, which includes two listed stained glass windows, and to “La Colonie”, a building which bears witness to plans for and attempts at community life based on the theories of Charles Fourier. These days, the village, which long thrived on its pottery industry, is a dynamic place to live where care is taken to protect the biodiversity illustrated by the flora and fauna found in its forests, rivers and ponds. With 1,200 inhabitants, the village's demographic growth has been accompanied by remarkable economic development, including the creation of local businesses and services. Condé is also a port of call and a welcome stop for cyclists: pilgrims travelling from the Netherlands to Saint James of Compostela and the Paris-Brest-Paris race.
mairie-condesurvesgre.fr

Condé-sur-Vesgre © Town of Condé-sur-Vesgre © Département des Yvelines © Ville de Condé-sur-Vesgre

Vendôme

Place Vendôme, the famous Parisian square, is a universally recognised mark of luxury and elegance and is named after a town that has been associated with all the great moments in French history for the past 1000 years. The town of Vendôme was the seat of the Bourbon-Vendôme dynasty that provided France with 7 kings. It was also the setting for Pierre de Ronsard's Les Amours in the 16th century and home to the young Honoré de Balzac in the 19th century. Marshal de Rochembeau, who played a decisive role in bringing about victory in the American War of Independence, was born here. Its rich architectural and plant heritage are evidence of this illustrious past. Vendôme's recent history is no less eventful. For the last 25 years, a TGV service has meant that the town is only 42 minutes from Paris, a unique asset for the local economy, which, as a result, is both extremely diverse and innovative in all sectors. The town is equally dynamic in terms of culture and sports with excellent facilities and many events run by enthusiastic locals. Authentic, elegant and innovative, Vendôme is definitely much more than just a square.
vendome-tourisme.fr

© Ville de Vendôme © Ville de Vendôme © Communauté des Communes Vendômois - Département du Loir-et-Cher

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Jersey wearers after the stage 7

Classifications after the stage 7

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