Stage city for the 11th time
Prefecture of Puy-de-Dôme (63)
141 500 inhabitants (Clermontois)
The history of the city of tyres is strongly linked to that of a big tubby rubber man. But in terms of cycling, Clermont-Ferrand is associated to the puy de Dôme, the volcano that dominates the city. The first stage winner in Clermont, back in 1951 was a man called Raphaël Géminiani, the local hero. And while the town was not on the course of the stage including the first climb up the puy de Dôme in 1952 (victory of Coppi), it was however the case in 1964 on the occasion of the famous battle between Poulidor and Anquetil, as well as on the following day of the last stage decided at the bottom of the observatory in 1988. After a 32-year absence, the peloton finally returns.