Traditional finish city of the Tour de France

46th finish on the Champs-Élysées

Capital of France and chef-lieu of the Région Île-de-France Common-department and Prefecture (75)

2 250 000 inhabitants (Parisiens)

www.paris.fr

The city of lights offers a range of sites that will overwhelm all types of visitors from the Centre Pompidou to the Notre-Dame cathedral, from the Eiffel Tower to the Panthéon not forgetting La butte Montmartre or the Opéra. But the heart of the Tour only beats for the Champs-Élysées, the majestic and central avenue of the capital where the final act of the Tour is played since 1975. For that grande premiere almost 45 years ago, French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing had come to congratulate the day’s winner Walter Godefroot, and present the Yellow Jersey to Bernard Thévenet, first man to beat the great Eddy Merckx on the Tour.

"A beautiful cityscape including the Eiffel Tower in the distance with cruise ships passing the pont neuf on the Seine River in Paris, France" © Getty Images/P. Lee

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