Mark Cavendish, last winner in Fougères during the 2015 Tour had triumphed ahead of a peloton with no Yellow Jersey: Tony Martin, the normal wearer, had indeed failed to start the stage after breaking his collarbone on the previous day after a crash in Le Havre. Fougères seems naturally linked to sprints. Indeed the last two stages that started just by the city’s castle were claimed by Marcel Kittel (in Tours in 2013) and then Dylan Groenewegen (in Chartres in 2018). Powerful victories that Albert Bouvet, the “Fougères Bulldog”, former deputy director of the Tour de France would have loved.

Stage city for the 5th time
Sous-préfecture of Ille-et-Vilaine (35)
Inhabitants: 20,200 (Fougerais), 55,600 in the 29 commons of the Communauté d’agglomération Fougères Agglomération

© N. Farard

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