Stage cities

Dreux

Stage city for the first time
Sous-préfecture of Eure-et-Loir (28)
31 200 inhabitants

www.dreux.com

The greatest successes of French football are indirectly linked to Dreux where future World and European champion, Patrick Vieira, started training before becoming a key figure of the national team as well as London based club Arsenal. The city has never welcomed the Tour de France but it did host the start of the Tour de l’Avenir. A good memory for Julien Bérard, winner of the prologue in front of future event champion Romain Sicard

Amiens Métropole

12-time stage city
Préfecture of Somme (80)
134 000 inhabitants – 180 000 for the metropolis

www.amiens.fr

The capital of Picardie has in common: Jules Verne, the most translated French author in the world, French president Emmanuel Macron and the hour record holder for riders of over 105 years of age, Robert Marchand. Indeed, all three were either born in Amiens or lived there. The first stage finish there as well as the last one saw victories of two riders named André: Leducq in 1932 and Greipel in 2015.

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