Stage city for the 37th time

Prefecture of Alpes-Maritimes (06)

350 000 inhabitants (Niçois)

www.nice.fr

Since 1906 “Nice, the very faithful”, the latin motto of the city, has welcomed the Tour de France 36 times. But for many cycling enthusiasts, the Promenade des Anglais is mostly associated to the final of Paris-Nice that marks since 1935 the start of the stage-race season and the beginning of confrontations between riders who might shine on the Tour several months later. In 77 editions, 12 Tour de France winners have won the Race to the Sun, most of which have done so before their biggest triumph: it was the case of Roger Lapébie (1937), Louison Bobet (1952), Jacques Anquetil (1957-61-63-65-66), Jan Janssen (1964), Eddy Merckx (1969-70-71), Joop Zoetemelk (1974-75-79), Stephen Roche (1981), Miguel Indurain (1989-90), Alberto Contador (2007-10), Bradley Wiggins (2012), Geraint Thomas (2016) and Egan Bernal (2019).

Port of Nice at a sunny summer day © Getty Images
Cours Saleya flower market in Nice, France © Getty Images/iStockphoto
View of the port of Nice and the hinterland © Getty Images
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Aerial view of Place Massena square with red buildings and fountain in Nice, France © Getty Images
Wide angle view of the beach and Promenade des Anglais in the city of Nice, Cote d'Azur, France © Getty Images
vue generale miroir d eau bleu blanc rouge vieux nice © ville de nice
Beautiful panoramic aerial view city of Nice, France. Luxury resort of French riviera © Getty Images
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Nice port with boats and yachts. Nice is a city located on the French Riviera or Cote d'Azur in France. © Getty Images
Cityscape of Nice from above at sunny summer day, cote dAzur, France, retro toned © Getty Images

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