Stage city for the 27th time
Prefecture of Haute-Garonne (31)
466 300 inhabitants (Toulousains)
The fourth-largest city in France is perfectly positioned for the starts of the Pyrenean stages, which can sometimes set the stage for amazing climbing performances. It happened in 1952, when Raphaël Géminiani triumphed in Bagnères-de-Bigorre; then in 1964, with the victory of Raymond Poulidor, who struck back in Luchon in his battle for the overall victory with Jacques Anquetil.