Paris-Brest-Paris, first great race in the history of cycling created in 1891, has for a long time linked the great harbour of Finistère to the legend of cycling. A history extended by the record number of Tour Grand Départ since it is no longer systematically held in Paris or its suburb. The ones of 1952 (towards Rennes) and 2008 (towards Plumelec) have allowed two great champions Rik Van Steenbergen first, and then Alejandro Valverde, to provisionally capture the Yellow Jersey. The one in 1974 opened the way, through a first victory on the prologue, to the great Eddy Merckx’s fifth and final triumph in Paris.

Stage city for the 31st time
Grand Départ for the 4th time
Sous-préfecture of Finistère (29)
Préfecture maritime de l’Atlantique
Inhabitants: 140,000 inhabitants (Brestois), 212,000 in the 8 commons of Brest Métropole 

© Laurent Renault
© Y. Le Gal

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