It was at the finish of stages that took off from Nîmes that two riders each wrote a chapter in the history of the Tour. Custodio Dos Reis first of all, born in Rabat who was on a breakaway with Algiers native Marcel Zelasco, offered in 1950 in Toulon the second consecutive stage to his North Africa team after the one claimed by Marcel Molinès the previous day in Nîmes. And Jean-François Bernard then a simple team mate but designated successor to Bernard Hinault, he sparked the new hopes of a nation when he brilliantly won in Gap in 1986 as soon as his first appearance.
Stage city for the 19th time
Préfecture of Gard (30)
Inhabitants: 154,200 (Nîmois), 258,000 in the 39 commons of the Communauté d’agglomération Nîmes Métropole