Because of its central position on the map of France, the city renowned for the production of armaments and bicycles didn’t feature in the pre-war Tours that generally stuck to the country’s borders. However, it has hosted 26 finishes since 1950. The last one in 2019 served up a show that was enthralling on all levels: at the front, thanks a solo performance by Thomas De Gendt, and in the leaders’ group as a consequence of Julian Alaphilippe’s recapture of the yellow jersey thanks to a counter-attack in the final 15 kilometres in the company of Thibaut Pinot. But the most famous image remains that of Bernard Hinault in 1985, his yellow jersey bloodied and his nose broken after a crash in the bunch sprint... for 10th place!
- Stage town for the 27th time
- Prefecture of Loire (42)
- Population: 174,300 (Stéphanois and Stéphanoises), 403,000 in the 53 communes comprising the Saint-Étienne Métropole municipality