The towns / A sporting view
Among the nicknames given to the coastal resort, “Paradise of sports” underlines the diversity of activities set up at Le Touquet. One of the oldest golf courses was designed there back in 1904, while Suzanne Lenglen won the local tennis tournament in 1913. Later, Thierry Sabine launched the Enduro bike race in 1975. The huge beaches and windy conditions inspired the creation of the sand yacht, a machine conceived by local man, Henry Demoury. The Tour stages at Le Touquet, in 1971 and 1976 saw the victories of Mauro Simonetti, and Freddy Maertens in a time-trial.
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Through its geographical position, Lille played a major role in all the historical turning moments of the Flanders area. For the Tour, the Northern capital also represents a perfect entering point to the race, allowing the town to host the Grand Départ in 1960 and 1994. Twenty years ago, a phenomenon from Great Britain had impressed on the prologue. Flying to victory for his very first appearance at the Tour, track specialist Chris Boardman established a record average speed of 55,152 km/h which still remains in the history books.
Corporate social responsibility
Since it was founded, Amaury Sport Organisation has been involved in various sponsorship and philanthropy activities. It is the generosity of sport that can be found in a certain number of initiatives aiming to invest in the workings of the disciplines themselves (sponsorship of the French Federation of Cycling), in a humanitarian and social framework, (Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, Actions Dakar, Un Techo Para Mi Pais) or in the environmental sphere (Madre De Dios, selective sorting, etc.). Read more
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