Last October, the hometown of Julian Alaphilippe named its municipal cycling training centre after the two times world champion. Saint-Amand-Montrond is an active and sporty town, as proven by its “Tour de France cycling town” certification (2 bikes). It is hosting Paris-Nice for the 8th time, has already welcomed the Tour de France three times, received the Tour de l’Avenir five times as well as dozens of other cycling races. In Saint-Amand-Montrond, there are many other heritage gems, such as a fortress dating back to the 13th century which overlooks this town in central France and its lush nature. This sub-prefecture in the south of the Cher department boasts dynamism, a friendly ambiance and a good living environment. Culture also permeates the heart of Saint-Amand-Montrond. On 8th and 9th April, the town will be holding its second book festival with, among others, famous authors such as Nancy Huston, Jérôme Leroy and Jérôme Loubry, and on 4th August will welcome its first rainbow criterium, an event that brings together the best professional and amateur cyclists.