The huge sledgehammer that one can see at the entrance of the city reminds us of its rich industrial heritage and has the silhouette of a mini Eiffel Tower. But in 2021 Le Creusot will not welcome the Tour on the eve of the finish as was the case the last two times for two individual time-trials. In 1998, the 52-km course that started in Montceau-les-Mines was not long enough for Jan Ullrich, fastest that day, to take command of the general classification ahead of the future winner Marco Pantani. And in 2006, in the opposite direction towards Montceau, Serhiy Honchar had claimed his second time-trial after the one in Rennes that same year.

Stage city for the 3rd time
Chef-lieu de canton of Saône-et-Loire (71)
Inhabitants: 22,000 (Creusotins), 95,100 in the 34 commons of the Communauté urbaine Creusot Montceau

© R. Douarr

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