Stage city for the 37th time
Prefecture of Alpes-Maritimes (06)
350 000 inhabitants (Niçois)
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).