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The Road to Paris part 3
Sector 5 – Veretz to St Pryve-St Mesmin (110km – ascent 330m)
Not far out of Veretz our route intersects the Loire Valley which we follow North-East for the whole of the sector. It’s the terrain to get organised and share the work over the practically pan flat parcours. Maybe it’s a sector to get all the team out of the bus and into team time trial mode. If you have time to lift your eyes from the wheel in front you might just see the Chateau de Amboise picked out in the moonlight, residence of several notable historical figures including Leonardo da Vinci and Mary Queen of Scots. Further upstream we pass close to other notable chateaux of the Loire Valley including the Chateau de Chaumont and Chateau de Chambord. Halfway marker of the sector is the city of Blois who’s twinkling street lights will be visible on the opposite bank. We continue to trace the Loire towards Orleans and the end of the sector in St Pryve-St Mesmin.
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