- The race 2011
- All about the race
• Stage town on 2 previous occasions
• 8,500 inhabitants
• Subprefecture of Savoie (73)
The finish of the Tour in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in 2010 was very emotional and in particular for Sandy Casar, whose victory was due to both his athletic strength and tactical knowledge. He was in the breakaway group throughout the day, and when he reached the last kilometre, where riders get the drive to win, only Spain’s Luis Leon Sanchez and Italy’s Damiano Cunego accompanied him. The stage was determined as Casar was challenged by the Spanish rider, who had beaten him the year before in a duel in Saint-Girons. Casar had the last word on this occasion. On that day Cadel Evans also donned the Yellow Jersey for the last time – until the final stage of the 2011 Tour.
• Stage site for the first time
• 17,500 inhabitants at Annonay and 2,300 at Davézieux
• Annonay, head of the canton and Davézieux, commune of Ardèche (07)
The last time that the finish of a prestigious race was held in the native town of the Montgolfier brothers dates back to 1952. Louison Bobet began the season in a spectacular fashion, by winning the second stage of Paris-Nice, a race which he then sailed through, winning four stages in total. In 2009, a stage of the Race to the Sun which set off from Annonay and went the all the way through Ardèche, was won by Jérémy Roy. The following year, during the Critérium du Dauphiné, the peloton left Annonay and finished together in Bourg-Saint-Andéol, where Argentina’s Juan José Haedo got the better of his fellow sprinters.