The Tour de France paused in Orléans for the first time in 1964 on a 311-kilometre end-of-race stage from Clermont-Ferrand that was won by former world champion Jean Stablinski, who was wearing the tricolour jersey of French national champion. A decade later, another ex-world champion, Eddy Merckx, won the last two stages of the 1974 Tour, which ran from Vouvray to Orléans and then from Orléans to Paris, thus cementing his fifth Tour victory. In 2018, the Tour de l’Avenir’s team time trial was won by the Danish team, which included Jonas Vingegaard.
- Stage city for the 8th time
- Prefecture of the department of Loiret (45)
- Population: 115,000 (Orléanais)