The finishes in Tours have often crowned sprinters, from André Darrigade (1957 and 1961) to Marcel Kittel (2013) not forgetting the likes of Marino Basso (1970) and Tom Boonen (2005). There are two exceptions however in the list of winners with Thierry Marie who had powered away under the red flame in 1992, and Leon van Bon fastest of a breakaway group in 2000. Concerning the first ever stage finishing in Tours after taking off from Châtellerault in 1955, it was a time-trial and was conquered by the late Belgian Jean Brankart who passed away last July and eventually finished second to Louison Bobet in Paris that year.
Stage city for the 9th time
Préfecture of Indre-et-Loire (37)
Inhabitants: 139,700 (Tourangeaux), 296,500 in the 22 commons of the métropole Tours Métropole Val de Loire