A year after Houilles, the Tour de France returns to the Yvelines department that has welcomed every year since 2010 the Grand Départ of Paris-Nice. Rambouillet will welcome the Tour for the third time after 2012 and 1966. That latter year, team Ford’s joker, Lucien Aimar, had been given the nod after his leader Jacques Anquetil was forced to abandon. On the final time-trial between Rambouillet and Paris, he still had to battle it out with the likes of Raymond Poulidor and Jan Janssen. On the finish line, Aimar managed to keep his Yellow Jersey with a one minute lead over Janssen.
The thrills produced by the final procession on the Champs-Elysées circuit is both due to the fast visit of the monuments it has to offer like the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower or the Louvres museum, and the strong link established between the Tour and the city where it was born, where it grew and where it blossomed on its large avenues. Since 1975, the avenue des Champs-Élysées has become the place to win for the best sprinters in the world. TV viewers are well aware of that, it is indeed one of the most watched stages of the Tour.
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