Three of the fourteen stages finishes in Mulhouse so far have gone to Tour de France winners: Nicolas Frantz on the first visit in 1925, Bernard Hinault in a time trial in 1981 and Laurent Fignon in 1992. The last finish in the city, back in 2014, showcased Tony Martin's sheer talent, with the German taking the stage 60 kilometres after dropping his final rival on the Markstein climb.
This ski resort in the Vosges went down in the history of the Tour as a stage finish in 2012, with a final climb beyond the reach of anyone but the elite climbers. On that day, Chris Froome put in a stellar performance to claim his maiden stage win. Two years later, Vincenzo Nibali won clad in the Italian national champion’s jersey, an exploit repeated by Fabio Aru in 2017.