Stage city for the 1st time
Chef-lieu de canton of Puy-de-Dôme (63)
6 200 inhabitants (Châtel-Guyonnais or Brayauds)
The thermal resort just by Clermont-Ferrand received the favours of many writers who would come there to rest and relax like Guy de Maupassant or Jean Cocteau but also great champions such as Jean-Claude Killy. It was only later that cycling pelotons discovered Châtel-Guyon, especially the pack of Paris-Nice that started there in 2013 for a stage heading to Brioude, home of Romain Bardet and won by Andrew Talansky. In 2018, an exciting finish was judged in the city where Jonathan Hivert made the best of a technical course to conquer the biggest win of his career.