In 2013, during the Tour de France’s 100th edition, Nice returned to the race route 32 years on from hosting the 1981 Grand Départ. After the opening stages in Corsica, the Orica-GreenEdge team won the team time trial, their success putting the Yellow Jersey on the shoulders of Simon Gerrans, who had already won a stage in Calvi. The Australian team held the lead for four days, with Gerrans handing it on to team-mate Daryl Impey, the first African to wear yellow. In 2020, a special Grand Départ took place in Nice, as the race was held for the first time in September as a result of the disruption to the calendar caused by the Covid pandemic. Julian Alaphilippe’s victory on the second stage enabled him to take the Yellow Jersey.

  • Stage town for the 39th time
  • Prefecture of the department of Alpes-Maritimes (06)
  • Population: 345,000 (Niçois), 560,000 within the 51 communes comprising the Nice Côte d’Azur metropolitan area

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