Since the town’s very first Tour stage finish in 1931, which ended with victory for Belgian “locomotive” Jef Demuysere, long-range attackers have often tasted success in Gap, including Jean-François Bernard on the occasion of his first victory in 1986 and Pierrick Fédrigo 20 years later. In 2011, Gap witnessed Norway’s world champion Thor Hushovd celebrate victory, while two years later, Portugal’s Rui Costa, who would soon to be crowned as winner of the world title, triumphed here. In 2019, the European champion’s jersey led across a Tour finish line for the first time on the shoulders of Italy’s Matteo Trentin. Wout van Aert also proved inspired on a stage that started in Gap in 2020, the Belgian winning the bunch sprint in Privas.
- Stage town for the 27th time
- Prefecture of the department of Hautes-Alpes (05)
- Population: 41,000 (Gapençais), 140,000 in Hautes-Alpes