The coastal city has an inspiring name for voyagers. It is indeed based on the identity of the first vessel built and put to sea by the Compagnie des Indes Orientales based in Port-Louis since 1666, and named Soleil d’Orient. 340 years later, on the day of the football World Cup final, Sylvain Calzati made the best of a breakaway to capture the win the last time the Tour had a stage finish there. In 2011, the peloton had left Lorient, heading to Mûr de Bretagne where Cadel Evans took a first step towards his title conquest.
5-time stage city
Préfecture of Finistère (29)
65 000 inhabitants
100 000 inhabitants in the 14 commons of Quimper West Britanny
The “préfecture” of Finistère was, for the first time, on the map of the Tour sixty years ago for the start of a stage won, in Saint-Nazaire by André Darrigade. But the first winner in Quimper was Phil Anderson, ten years after becoming a sensation as the first Australian rider to wear the yellow jersey in 1981. Thor Hushovd also keeps a fond memory of the capital of French Cornwall, where he had triumphed in 2004.