3-time stage city
Sous-préfecture of Ille-et-Vilaine (35)
20 000 inhabitants
The finish of a 73-kilometre long team time-trial took place in Fougères during the 1985 Tour. Bernard Hinault and his La Vie Claire team had managed an impressive demonstration of power. In more recent years, the city and its massive castle welcomed in 2013 the start of a stage taking the peloton to Tours and in 2015, a finish that saw the only win during that edition of Mark Cavendish.
2-time stage city
Préfecture of Eure-et-Loir (28)
42 000 inhabitants
The “préfecture” of Eure-et-Loir only welcomed the Tour twice but it witnessed some unforgettable moments. Before submitting the idea of creating the Tour de France to Henri Desgrange, Géo Lefèvre was indeed born in Chartres in 1877. Far later in time, in 2012, the time-trial between Bonneval and Chartres sealed the final victory of Bradley Wiggins, a first for a British rider.