The Tour’s history has kept in memory two stages that started from Carcassonne. In 1947 first of all, when Albert Bourlon took off towards Luchon and concluded what remains the longest solo victorious breakaway (253kms) of the after World War II period. Then in 1951 when Fausto Coppi in extremely hot conditions suffered a massive setback on the road to Montpellier where Hugo Koblet was to win and was almost sure of keeping the Yellow Jersey all the way to Paris. Concerning the history of cycling, it reminds us that it was in 1952 in Carcassonne that Jacques Anquetil revealed himself to the world by becoming at only 18 years of age, the French amateur champion.
Stage city for the 11th time
Préfecture of Aude (11)
Inhabitants: 47,600 (Carcassonnais), 110,600 in the 82 commons of the Communauté d’agglomération Carcassonne Agglo