The hilly terrain of the Beaujolais region not only attracts wine lovers, but also has a strong pull on cycle races, notably Paris-Nice, which has regularly halted in Belleville since its first visit in 2000, when Fabio Baldato was the stage winner. Other sprinters have managed to win here, such as Robbie McEwen (2002), Tom Boonen (2006) and Gert Steegmans (2008). However, in 2011, Thomas Voeckler took advantage of the terrain with an inspired attack that led to him triumphing from a four-man breakaway. A similar scenario led to Tom-Jelte Slagter taking victory in 2014.

  • Stage town for the 1st time
  • Municipality in Rhône (69)
  • Population: 13,500 (Bellevillois and Bellevilloises), 44,600 within the 35 communes comprising the Saône Beaujolais municipality

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