Like his Argos-Shimano team mate Marcel Kittel, winner in Tours during the last Tour de France, John Degenkolb captured a prestigious victory on the famous Avenue de Grammont. This 107th edition of the classic wasn't meant to be for the four breakaway riders that took off at km 35, nor for the strong men in the hills before Tours. In a bunched sprint, Degenkolb eventually beat his rivals Morkov and Démare to the line to capture his first Paris-Tours victory.Read more Key moments
Authon-du-Perche, the county town of its canton, is situated 58 kilometres from Chartres and 16 kilometres from Nogent-le-Rotrou. Known since mediaeval times as “Authon-la-Gueuse” (the beggar town), there is nothing downtrodden about it today. In fact, its name actually has imperial connotations, with the word “Authon” being derived from the name of the Emperor Augustus. Previously a Protestant enclave, the town was also, under the Ancien Regime, a place where muslin was produced, a very fine wool and silk cloth used to make clothes for noblemen and women, religious leaders and lawyers. This highly regulated work took place in the basements of the houses, the doors to which are still visible to this day. Nowadays, the town is the starting point for many hiking trails allowing visitors to discover the magnificent Perche countryside. On an economic level, Nipro Glass France, a former, local, family-owned company has become one of the leaders worldwide in the production of glass tubes for the pharmaceutical industry.
Eure-et-Loir is delighted to play host to the start of Paris-Tours for the fifth year in a row. Since 2009, the renowned race has been the perfect excuse for the General Council and the start town to organise a wide range of activities. Following in the footsteps of Chartres, La Loupe, Voves and Châteauneuf-en-Thymerais, the 107th edition of Paris-Tours in Authon-du-Perche is an event not to be missed! The ever-increasing public will be able to take full advantage of the activities organised on Saturday 12th October highlighting this cycling event’s very festive spirit. As the principal partner of sporting activities on a daily basis, the General Council supports clubs and promotes sport for everyone, through its financial assistance to towns and groups of municipalities, in order to develop sports facilities throughout the region.
A very accessible city
Tours has always been a crossroads. It lies at the hub of five motorways, straddles a major European communication axis, boasts an international airport and is surprisingly easy to reach at all times with a motorway exit two minutes from the city centre. The city centre can be reached in an hour on the TGV high-speed train from Paris, which also links Tours to big French and European cities with many direct daily links. Since September 2013, the appeal of Tours and its urban community has been strengthened with a tramway that has been put into service, which will become one of the landmarks of the urban landscape.
Extensive scientific research
Although Tours is not renowned as being an industrial city, despite its glorious past in the automobile industry, it is known for its innovation and entrepreneurship, especially in high value-added sectors of activity closely linked to university and in particular medical research work. The city and its suburbs are part of three competitiveness clusters (Cosmetic Valley, Elastopole and the European Energy Efficiency Centre), demonstrating that this “philosophy” pays off and strengthening a situation that is the envy of many heavily industrialized towns.
A “well-being” city
The city of Tours and the province of Touraine in the Loire Valley, known as the “Garden of France”, make up one of the emblematic territories recognised by UNESCO in 2000 as a “living cultural landscape”. The area owes much of its beauty to a long tradition of royal and aristocratic residences along the “river of cultural landscapes”, built in particular during the 15th and 16th centuries. It was in this land of sophistication, abundance and regal banquets that Tours was awarded the label as an International City of Gastronomy. With its remarkable architectural heritage, Tours is the gateway to the Loire Valley.
Tours loves sport …
A healthy mind in a healthy body… This old saying is particularly true of Tours, where team sports, especially volleyball in League A and football in League 2, often put the city in the sports spotlight. But sport in Tours also means the simple pleasure of running and cycling along the banks of the River Loire or rowing, canoeing, sailing and windsurfing on one of the many lakes. Moreover, more than 600 hectares of parkland, woods and forests in the city centre or nearby allow people to enjoy their favourite outdoor activities, in particular at the lake’s water park and on the new compact golf course in the centre of the urban area. Every year 10, 000 people take part in the Tours and Nouvelle République 10 and 20-km race, proof, if any was needed, of the enthusiasm that Tours inhabitants have for sport. With 33, 000 members who belong to 160 clubs representing more than 120 disciplines, there really is something for everyone at all levels, which was proved by the “Sport’ouvertes” event, where all the sports clubs and associations presented their offer to the public in September.
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