Colombian “Chepe” Gonzalez inaugurated in 1996 the list of Tour stage winners in Valence by taking off with one kilometre to go and powering away from the group of escapees that had broken away in the Vercors area. The sprinters then took command with the victories of André Greipel (2015) and Peter Sagan (2018). The native town of Charly Mottet (winner of three stages on the Tour who also carried the Yellow Jersey for 6 days in 1987) has also welcomed stages of Paris-Nice and the Critérium du Dauphiné. And it was in Valence that Romain Bardet triumphantly lifted his arms for the first time in a professional race when he claimed the 2014 Drôme Classic.
Stage city for the 4th time
Préfecture of Drôme (26)
Inhabitants: 62,400 (Valentinois), 215,000 in the 54 commons of the Communauté d’agglomération Valence Romans Agglo