CYCLE CITY

All towns and cities that have hosted the Tour de France and the Tour de France Femmes avec ZWIFT at least once since the creation of these two events are eligible.

The region’s manufacturing past and its eventful history over the centuries resulted in Lille earning the title of “the capital of Flanders” for a long period and also made it a major economic and demographic centre. Its position close to the border led to it attracting the Tour de France as early as 1906, and the race has stopped here on a total of 17 occasions. Two Grands Départs have taken place here, the one in 1994 producing a record-breaking performance by Chris Boardman, who averaged 55.152km/h to win the prologue. Twenty years later, the Tour’s last visit to Lille saw Marcel Kittel win for the third time in four days, following his romp through England.

  • Stage town for the 18th time
  • Capital of the Hauts de France region and prefecture of Nord (59)
  • Population: 234,000 (Lillois and Lilloises), 1,200,000 in the 95 communes comprising the Métropole de Lille

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