Yvelines lies on the western border of Île-de-France as a bridge between Paris and Normandy. Its rich historical heritage boasts a wealth of châteaux and villages. 80% of its surface is covered by natural areas. The department is the green lung of Île-de-France and a popular tourist destination. Blessed with multiple strengths, it stands out for its vibrant economy built around sectors of excellence such as the motor industry, aeronautics and healthcare.
The department takes pride in its "Terre de Vélo" label and has made developing soft mobility one of its priorities. It pursues long-term policies to promote soft travelling: encouraging intermodality, expanding its cycling network (currently at 1,000 km), urging people to take up cycling… Yvelines is connected to the three main European cycle routes: the Avenue Verte London Paris®, the Véloscénie between Paris and Mont-Saint-Michel and La Seine à Vélo. It is a natural "slow tourism" hub.
Sport also contributes to the dynamism and the hustle and bustle of Yvelines with 388,000 licence holders for all sports combined. Cycling has pride of place here, particularly in the shape of major events. The first one on the calendar, Paris–Nice, is the result of a committed partnership with ASO and will be holding its first two stages in the department until 2025. Mantes-la-Ville and Auffargis will be the host towns in the 2022 edition. In November 2022, the national velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines will be the venue of the Track Cycling World Championships. 2023 will see the return of the final stage of the Tour de France.
An Olympic hub since 2019, Yvelines will host 33 preparation centres and 5 venues of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Cycling, modern pentathlon, golf and equestrianism will be distributed among the Palace of Versailles, the Chevreuse Valley, the national velodrome and Élancourt hill.
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