A year after Houilles, the Tour de France is back in the Yvelines department, which has hosted the Grand Départ of Paris-Nice every year since 2010. Rambouillet will host the Tour for the third time, after 1966 and 2012. Back in the 1960s, team Ford’s wildcard Lucien Aimar was given the nod after his leader Jacques Anquetil was forced to abandon. In the final time trial between Rambouillet and Paris, he still had to battle it out with the likes of Raymond Poulidor and Jan Janssen. Aimar crossed the finish line with one minute to spare over Janssen in the general classification.
The thrills of the final parade on the Champs-Elysées circuit are due to both the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it views of monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum, and the strong link between the Tour and the city on whose avenues it was born, grew and blossomed. Since 1975, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées has become the place to win for the best sprinters in the world. TV viewers are well aware of that, making it one of the most watched stages of the Tour.