After the most northerly Grand Départ ever, it’s perhaps fitting that the peloton will regroup in France’s northernmost stage town when the action resumes. France’s third-biggest port owes much of its renown to its carnival, which is one of the country’s most colourful and festive. Cycling fans, meanwhile, gather here in May for the Four Days of Dunkirk, which last took place in 2019 and was won by Mike Teunissen, two months before he wore the yellow jersey at the Tour. The Tour has previously visited Dunkirk on 19 occasions, among them the Grand Départ in 2001, when Christophe Moreau seized the opportunity to wear yellow by winning the prologue.
- Stage town for the 20th time
- Sub-prefecture of Nord (59)
- Population: 88,900 (Dunkerquois and Dunkerquoises), 196,000 in the 17 communes comprising the Dunkerque Grand Littoral municipality