Quillan, travelled through on numerous occasions by the Tour had never before had the joy to seeing it stop there. At most, it had seen the race slow down in 2001 when a feeding zone was set there, and speed up in 2013 for an intermediate sprint. This failing will be repaired for this former capital of hat making and land of rugby (US Quillan conquered the French title in 1929) where the greatest cycling champions have already raised their arms: on every 15th of August, Quillan indeed welcomes ever since 1938 one of the most famous post Tour criteriums. Romain Bardet was the last rider to have won it.
Stage city for the 1st time
Chef-lieu de canton of Aude (11)
Inhabitants: 3,300 (Quillanais), 14,100 in the 62 commons of the Communauté de communes des Pyrénées Audoises