Candidacy for the label is open to all cities that have hosted the Tour de France at least once since its creation in 1903.

Andorre-la-Vieille has known three starts but has only once witnessed a finish of La Grande Boucle. It was in 1964 and Julio Jimenez who would later become a three-time winner of what was then the Grand Prix de la montagne (best climber), had won the stage after a solo breawakay with a lead of close to 9 minutes. It would be the first of his five stage successes on the Tour. People also tend to forget that while the main focus was on the legendary battle between Anquetil and Poulidor for the Yellow Jersey a week later on the climb up the Puy de Dôme, it was actually Julio Jimenez who was the first to reach the summit a minute before the battle royal.

Stage city for the 5th time 
Capital of the Principality of Andorra 
Inhabitants: 22,000 (Andorrans)


© Andorre-la-Vieille

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