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98th Paris-Tours - CDM

France, October 10, 2004

Course description

The race begins southwest of Paris in Saint Arnoult-en-Yvelines, working its way south to the Loire Valley and the traditional finish on the Avenue de Grammont in Tours. Covering 252.5 kilometres, Paris-Tours contains no notable climbs, though a number of short shills and rolling terrain help give the racing some character. The peloton may not have time to admire the scenery, but the race passes near several Loire Valley landmarks, including the chateaux in Amboise and the Pagode de Chanteloupe, the region's answer to Pisa's leaning tower.

Course Map: St-Arnoult-en-Yvelines -Tours, 252.5 km