The prefecture of Ain waited until the 21st century to host the Tour, witnessing the first stage victory of Thor Hushovd in 2002. Five years later, another sprinter, Tom Boonen, raised his arms at the finish and took the green jersey, which he would retain all the way into Paris. The town stands out as the birthplace of track cyclist Daniel Morelon, who was the most successful French sportsman for a long time thanks to winning no fewer than 11 Olympic and World Championship gold medals. More recently, Bourg-en-Bresse has hosted stage starts, the last occasion in 2020 when Søren Kragh Andersen won in Champagnole.

  • Stage town for the 6th time
  • Prefecture of Ain (01)
  • Population: 40,000 (Burgiens and Burgiennes), 135,000 within the 74 communes comprising the Greater Bourg municipality>

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