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France inaugurates new Paris velodrome with exhibition win over Great Britain

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Francois Pervis and Michael Bauge in the men's sprint during an exhibition race at the inauguration ceremony of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome

Francois Pervis and Michael Bauge in the men's sprint during an exhibition race at the inauguration ceremony of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome (Image credit: AFP)
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Cyclists race during the inauguration ceremony of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome

Cyclists race during the inauguration ceremony of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome (Image credit: AFP)
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Michael Bauge narrowly wins the sprint ahead of Francois Pervis

Michael Bauge narrowly wins the sprint ahead of Francois Pervis (Image credit: AFP)
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Virginie Cueff races with Britain's Victoria Williamson during the inauguration ceremony of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome

Virginie Cueff races with Britain's Victoria Williamson during the inauguration ceremony of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome (Image credit: AFP)
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Gregory Bauge was too fast for Britain's Callum Crichton Skinner on the new Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome

Gregory Bauge was too fast for Britain's Callum Crichton Skinner on the new Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome (Image credit: AFP)
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Britain's Kian Emadi-Coffin gives the 5,000 strong crowd a wave

Britain's Kian Emadi-Coffin gives the 5,000 strong crowd a wave (Image credit: AFP)
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Sandie Clair competes with Britain's Victoria Williamson

Sandie Clair competes with Britain's Victoria Williamson (Image credit: AFP)
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Virginie Cueff competes with Britain's Katy Marchant in the women's sprint

Virginie Cueff competes with Britain's Katy Marchant in the women's sprint (Image credit: AFP)
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Cyclists race during the inauguration ceremony of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome in Montigny-le-Bretoneux

Cyclists race during the inauguration ceremony of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome in Montigny-le-Bretoneux (Image credit: AFP)
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inauguration ceremony of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome in Montigny-le-Bretoneux

inauguration ceremony of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome in Montigny-le-Bretoneux (Image credit: AFP)
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Michael Bauge wins the men's sprint ahead of his compatriot Francois Pervis during an exhibition race at the inauguration ceremony of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome

Michael Bauge wins the men's sprint ahead of his compatriot Francois Pervis during an exhibition race at the inauguration ceremony of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome (Image credit: AFP)

The curtain was raised on the Vélodrome National, the new headquarters of the French Cycling Federation in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, on Thursday evening with an exhibition match between France and Great Britain. To say the event had been a long time coming would be something of an understatement.