After Colmar, the peloton will continue to trace the footsteps of of architect Auguste Bartholdi, creator of the Lion of Belfort that symbolises the city. When Tour last dropped by in 2012, the mighty animal lent its strength and courage to a young rider who was starting to display his talent: a few hours later in Porrentruy, rookie Thibaut Pinot seized his first stage win at the age of 22.
French sport fans followed the emergence of Élan Chalon, two-time French basketball champions (2012 and 2017). However, cycling history buffs will remember how Brian Robinson, a pioneer of British cycling from Yorkshire, won here after a long solo breakaway in 1959. The last time the race came to Chalon, Frenchman Thierry Marie foiled the sprinters with a move inside the final kilometre to claim his second Tour stage in 1988.