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Cycling:French champions fly the Tour flag for

New French road race champion Arthur Vichot and his predecessor Nacer Bouhanni were on Sunday both selected for the team for this year's Tour de France which gets underway in Corsica next Saturday and runs till July 21. Vichot, who won the road race title on Sunday, has competed in the Tour twice before, though, he is yet to emulate his father Frederic who won stages in 1984 and 1985, while it will be the first time for Bouhanni.

UPDATE 1-Cycling-Road-Paris - Nice stage 1 results

March 4 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from Paris - Nice (Saint-Germain-en-Laye - Nemours, 195 km) on Monday 1. Nacer Bouhanni (France / FDJ) 4:47:24" 2. Alessandro Petacchi (Italy / Lampre) ST 3. Elia Viviani (Italy / Cannondale) 4. Jens Debusschere (Belgium / Lotto) 5. Heinrich Haussler (Australia / IAM Cycling) 6. Mark Renshaw (Australia / Blanco) 7.

Cycling: Bouhanni lands 1st Paris-Nice stage

French champion Nacer Bouhanni, riding for FDJ, won the opening stage of the Paris-Nice on Monday, taking the 195km race from Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Nemours in a sprint finish. Bouhanni saw off previous race leader and prologue winner Damien Gaudin to take the yellow jersey and also outpaced Italian Alessandro Petacchi and Belgian Jens Debusschere to add to a Tour of Oman stage success earlier this season. Tuesday's second stage is a 200.5km ride from Vimory to Cerilly. jm/cw/ak
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