The finish straight, in Châteauroux, seems made for sprinters: Mario Cipollini first of all, was the winner there in 1998, then Mark Cavendish on two occasions. In 2008, “Cav” had claimed the first of his 30 stage successes on the Tour, beautifully launched by the man wearing the Green jersey, his team mate Kim Kirchen. And the “Manx missile” would triumph again in 2011 on a stage when Tom Boonen and Bradley Wiggins had been forced to retire. Original fact: never has the Tour left Châteauroux, systematically letting it resume from the neighboring towns of La Châtre (1998) and Aigurande (2008 and 2011).
Stage city for the 4th time
Préfecture of Indre (36)
Inhabitants: 44,000 (Castelroussins), 73,700 in the 14 commons of the Communauté d’agglomération Châteauroux Métropole