Recent starts in Carcassonne have favoured attackers willing to take a chance, whatever their pedigree. In 2014, on a stage that headed to Luchon, Michael Rogers joined the breakaway and ultimately emerged as the strongest man in it to claim his only Tour victory. The 2016 Carcassonne-Montpellier stage ended with a famous duet between Chris Froome and Peter Sagan, the final word going to the Slovak. It was thanks to a solo attack of more than 40 kilometres that Bauke Mollema won the Carcassonne-Quillan stage of the 2021 Tour.
- Stage town for the 12th time
- Prefecture of Aude (11)
- Population: 47,500 (Carcassonnais and Carcassonnaises), 116,000 in the 83 communes comprising the Greater Carcassonne municipality, 373,000 in the department