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Paris Champs-Élysées

Paris Champs-Élysées

The shivers witnessed as the pack zooms by on the final circuit are both due to the express visit or the monuments it has to offer like the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel tower or the Musée du Louvre, but also the power of the link created between the Tour and the city that saw it emerge, grow and blossom on its great avenues. Since 1975, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées has become the place to win for the best sprinters in the world. The TV viewers know it just too well, the last stage of the Tour is one of the most watched of the Tour.

Grand Palais, Paris © Thinkstock

Traditional Tour de France finish
43rd finish on the Champs-Élysées

Capital of France, commune-department and prefecture (75)

Population: 2,240,000

Specialities: French cuisine, more than13,500 restaurants and brasseries

Celebrities: too many to be cited

Sport: Paris Saint-Germain (football Ligue 1 and women's team, handball Division 1), Stade Français Paris (rugby union Top 14). Events: Marathon and half-marathon of Paris, French Open tennis, judo (Tournoi de Paris).

Economy: administration, new technologies, research, fashion, luxury, tourism (the most visited city in the world with over 30 million visitors each year)

Culture: 31 monuments (Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame, Sacré-Cœur, Invalides, Panthéon…), 173 museums (Louvre, Grand and Petit Palais, Centre Pompidou, Orsay, Quai Branly…), 3 opera houses, 208 theatres and cabarets, 430 cinema screens.

Festivals: Fashion week, Solidays (three days of concerts against AIDS), Fête de la Musique, Paris Plage, Marche des fiertés, Paris Quartier d'été, Cinéma au clair de lune, Techno Parade, Printemps des rues, Nuit Blanche, Autumn Festival, Paris gardens festical…

Label: banks of the Seine listed as World Heritage site by UNESCO

Signature: Fluctuat nec mergitur (It rocks but does not sink)

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Paris Champs-Élysées and cycling

While Paris is bidding to host the 2024 Olympics, let's wish for French riders to be as successful as they were in the 1924 edition in the French capital. The road cycling title went to 20-year-old Armand Blanchonnet, dubbed “The Phenomenon”, coached by the famous VC Levallois trainer Paul Ruinart. In this 188-km time trial held with strong headwind, Blanchonnet outclassed Belgium's Henri Hoevenaers and fellow-Frenchman René Hamel. After this gold medal that turned him instantly into a local hero, Blanchonnet decided to go for Six Days races instead of the road, even if he became French road champion in 1931. The talented time trial specialist had a reputation for not training very hard. He only rode for fours years as a pro including one in the powerful Giant Lucifer team with his Six-Days team-mate Charles Pelissier. He never rode the Tour de France, unlike Hamel, who gave up in 1927 and finished 32nd in 1928. In this Olympic event, which saw France also grab the team gold, the least successful Frenchman was André Leducq, who finished 9th. He still went on to become one of the best road racers of his generation, winning the Tour in 1930 and 1932.

Championnat de France de cyclisme 1931 à Montlhéry : Armand Blanchonnet porté en tromphe © Bibliothèque Nationale de FranceRené Hamel - Le cycliste en 1926 © Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Traditional Tour de France finish
43rd finish on the Champs-Élysées

Capital of France, commune-department and prefecture (75)

Population: 2,240,000

Specialities: French cuisine, more than13,500 restaurants and brasseries

Celebrities: too many to be cited

Sport: Paris Saint-Germain (football Ligue 1 and women's team, handball Division 1), Stade Français Paris (rugby union Top 14). Events: Marathon and half-marathon of Paris, French Open tennis, judo (Tournoi de Paris).

Economy: administration, new technologies, research, fashion, luxury, tourism (the most visited city in the world with over 30 million visitors each year)

Culture: 31 monuments (Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame, Sacré-Cœur, Invalides, Panthéon…), 173 museums (Louvre, Grand and Petit Palais, Centre Pompidou, Orsay, Quai Branly…), 3 opera houses, 208 theatres and cabarets, 430 cinema screens.

Festivals: Fashion week, Solidays (three days of concerts against AIDS), Fête de la Musique, Paris Plage, Marche des fiertés, Paris Quartier d'été, Cinéma au clair de lune, Techno Parade, Printemps des rues, Nuit Blanche, Autumn Festival, Paris gardens festical…

Label: banks of the Seine listed as World Heritage site by UNESCO

Signature: Fluctuat nec mergitur (It rocks but does not sink)

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Paris Champs-Élysées

The Eiffel Tower
Originally soaring to a height of 300 metres, but subsequently extended thanks to many antennas to reach 324 metres, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world for more than 40 years. A symbol of Paris, it is the most popular paid monument in the world with seven million visitors a year.

Notre-Dame
Upon its completion at the end of the 14th century, it was the largest cathedral in the western world. Construction extended over two centuries on the site of former pagan temples, and it is not uniform in style.

Les Champs-Élysées
Considered by many as the most beautiful avenue in the world, it was created in 1616 by Marie de Medicis, who decided to have a long tree-lined driveway constructed through what were then fields. It was extended to L'Étoile to complete its current length in 1724. In 1838, architect Jacques Hittorff designed the buildings on the Champs-Elysées.

La Tour Eiffel, vue du champs de Mars © Benh Lieu SongCathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, façade vue de l'ouest © Peter HaasAvenue des Champs-Élysées vue de la place de la Concorde, au fond l'Arc de triomphe © Sam Greenhalgh

Traditional Tour de France finish
43rd finish on the Champs-Élysées

Capital of France, commune-department and prefecture (75)

Population: 2,240,000

Specialities: French cuisine, more than13,500 restaurants and brasseries

Celebrities: too many to be cited

Sport: Paris Saint-Germain (football Ligue 1 and women's team, handball Division 1), Stade Français Paris (rugby union Top 14). Events: Marathon and half-marathon of Paris, French Open tennis, judo (Tournoi de Paris).

Economy: administration, new technologies, research, fashion, luxury, tourism (the most visited city in the world with over 30 million visitors each year)

Culture: 31 monuments (Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame, Sacré-Cœur, Invalides, Panthéon…), 173 museums (Louvre, Grand and Petit Palais, Centre Pompidou, Orsay, Quai Branly…), 3 opera houses, 208 theatres and cabarets, 430 cinema screens.

Festivals: Fashion week, Solidays (three days of concerts against AIDS), Fête de la Musique, Paris Plage, Marche des fiertés, Paris Quartier d'été, Cinéma au clair de lune, Techno Parade, Printemps des rues, Nuit Blanche, Autumn Festival, Paris gardens festical…

Label: banks of the Seine listed as World Heritage site by UNESCO

Signature: Fluctuat nec mergitur (It rocks but does not sink)

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