The third stage of the 80th edition of Paris-Nice scheduled for March 8, 2022, will start in Vierzon and end at Dun Le Palestel. A satisfaction for elected officials, traders and residents who are already loyal to cycling with the Critérium nocturnal organized each year.
On Wednesday January 5, 2022, the organizers of the Paris-Nice cycling race unveiled the route for the 80th edition.
This year, she is stopping off in Creuse, 10 years after her last visit to the department. After a start from Vierzon and 190 kilometers, it is in the heart of the town of Dun-le-Palestel that the peloton of the 80th Paris-Nice will finish its third stage. “What a pleasure to see Dun-le-Palestel and therefore the Creuse come out among all the cities that will be able to host such an event“confides Laurent Daulny, mayor of Dun-le-Palestel.”People are proud and happy to see the world’s cycling elite.“
An event that cycling enthusiasts will not miss, unless there is a health contraindication. “We have not yet had any consignment, we are still ready to receive this situation. We have already had this difficulty at the criterium. The gauges that there could be especially around the finish area of the runners“where a vaccine pass to be requested, indicates the mayor. Before specifying,”but we are not there“.
The last arrival of a stage of Paris-Nice in Creuse dates from 1996, it was in Aubusson. It had been 10 years since the race had passed in the department.
For this municipality of 1,200 inhabitants, the economic benefits are therefore considerable. “It will allow us to see people, relaunch all that, make our region known, that’s very good. We hope that will make move a little, it is calm since the covid.“confides Joëlle Tabaud, manager of a restaurant.
The same goes for Iona Clément, manager of a hotel. “We will be full, since the organizers have already contacted us. What delights me is the influence of the town thanks to this Paris-Nice.“
A great satisfaction also for the inhabitants of Dun-le-Palestel, faithful to the famous nocturnal criterium since 1965. “It will introduce France to the Creuse, we don’t really know it. With this subject there, it will do a bit of publicity for the region“.
For Dun-le-Palestel, succeeding in this major event is a real challenge. The city hopes to take new steps with the possible reception of a start of the next Tour de France in 2023.