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Le cyclisme de compétition en Normandie : étude géographique d'un sport de plein air

Abstract : Normandy is a land of cycling that brings together many major competitions such as Paris-Camembert or Polynormande. Cycling practice is more important than in many other French departments. Many Norman racers are turned professionals like Jacques Anquetil, winner of 5 Tour de France. The awarding of the Big start of the Tour de France 2016 to the Manche department, where competitive cycling is very present, was only the result of long work of the representatives of the various federations, local deputies and clubs. Normandy is a wonderful laboratory to study the geography of competitive cycling and its practitioners. The free access of the cycling attracts a large public. Cycling races can bring economic and media benefits to the territories that host races. These are regularly promoted by local authorities and organizers but the studies on this subject are few. This work focuses on competitive cycling and is restricted to road cycling and with the cyclo-cross. It lists the professionals and amateurs cycle races in Normandy and is interested in the cycle economy and the Big start of the Tour de France 2016 in Normandy. The financial, security and human difficulties encountered by the organizers and the federations are tackled as well as the functioning of the latter. From a field work with the local deputies, the federations, the traders, the practitioners and the population and with a geo-statistical analysis, the objective was to understand the geographical and economic logics which accompany the cycle sport and if there is a geography of competitive cycling in Normandy. For this, a questionnaire was transmitted to the licensees of the French Federation of Cycling in Normandy and interviews were conducted with the representatives of the various federations present on the Norman territory. The historical approach has completed this. A comparative and diachronic analysis has helped to distinguish the privileged places and spaces of cycling that constitute its "territoriality".
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Quentin Foucault. Le cyclisme de compétition en Normandie : étude géographique d'un sport de plein air. Géographie. 2018. ⟨dumas-02076470⟩



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