Stage site for the 2nd time
22 000 inhabitants (Oléronais)
Common of Charente-Maritime (17)
4 200 inhabitants (Casteloléronais)
The largest Island of metropolitan France after Corsica witnessed the most decisive moment of its history in 1966 with the inauguration of the bridge that links it to the continent and the department of Charente-Maritime. The end of that slight isolation allowed the development of the touristic potential of the Island… and also the Tour de France to come and visit for a stage in 1983. At the time, young Italian Riccardo Magrini had taken off with a kilometre to go remaining clear of the sprinters in Saint-Pierre-d’Oléron. But the start of this 2020 stage on the island will this time be given in its former capital, Château-d’Oléron.