The Kings of France were crowned in Reims for close to a millenium. Later, World champions met glory there: Theo Middelkamp in 1947 and Ercole Baldini in 1958. It was also during that 1958 edition of the Worlds that the first rainbow jersey was awarded to a woman, Luxemburg’s Elsy Jacobs. On the Tour, the last four finishes in Reims ended in a bunched sprint won by Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (1991), Robbie McEwen (2002), alessandro Petacchi (2010) et André Greipel (2014).
Visited by the Tour since 1905, the “Golden Door City” (Ville aux Portes d’Or) remains in the memories after Christophe Mengin who was heading to victory crashed in the final turn back in 2005. Lorenzo Bernucci made the best of the Frenchman’s bad fortune to conquer his only success on la Grande Boucle. Previously, another Italian had made himself noticed in the city. Despite only taking part in three editions of the Tour de France, Fausto Coppi won twice in Nancy (1949, 1952) managing a 100% record!
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