Stages that start in Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux are usually the scene for intense battles. This was the case in 2009, when the Paris-Nice peloton tackled the Montagne de Lure, where Alberto Contador proved imperious. In the 2011 Tour, It was the Norwegian clan who were inspired by the start in the Drôme: at the finish in Gap, Thor Hushovd edged out his young compatriot Edvald Boasson Hagen in an unprecedented one-two finish. Since then, the town has twice been the launchpad for German victories (André Greipel in Cap d’Agde in 2012 and Nils Politt in Nîmes in 2021), as well as a success for Spaniard Omar Fraile in Mende in 2018.

  • Stage town for the 5th time
  • Town in the department of Drôme (26)
  • Population: 9,500 (Tricastins)

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