Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Paris-Nice 2012

The Conseil Général of Yvelines and Amaury Sport Organisation extended their Paris-Nice partnership until 2017 this morning. Yvelines has been kicking off the "Race to the Sun" since 2010 and is now set to play host to the world’s cycling elite in the next five editions.

The 70th edition of Paris-Nice ended with a bang yesterday, with Bradley Wiggins prevailing in the final showdown on the slopes of the Col d'Eze, towering over Nice, to take the final honours. The 176-strong peloton had met up one week earlier in Yvelines, on the forested roads of the Chevreuse valley, for the inaugural time trial between Dampierre-en-Yvelines and Saint-Rémy-Lès-Chevreuse, and set off for the Mediterranean from Mantes-la-Jolie the day after.

The President of the Conseil Général of Yvelines, Alain Schmitz, met Amaury Sport Organisation's Manager of Cycling, Christian Prudhomme, this morning in Versailles, where they strengthened the links binding the "Race to the Sun" and Yvelines since 2010 by extending their partnership until 2017. The agreement was signed in the presence of 1980 Paris-Nice champion Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle. Under the terms of the contract, the Conseil Général of Yvelines and ASO chose Yvelines as the backdrop for the Grand Start of Paris-Nice for the next five editions. To make the wait more bearable, the department will get to see the elite of cycling next July, when the last stage of the 2012 Tour de France is due to start in Rambouillet.