1991 was an annus mirabilis for Mâcon for two reasons. On one hand, it made its Tour de France debut with a decisive time trial victory by Miguel Induráin. On the other hand, future world champion Antoine Griezmann had been born here just a few weeks before. In the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, young German prodigy John Degenkolb became a member of the sprinting elite for good with a stage win on the bank of the Saône river, next to the statue of Lamartine.
Due to its central position on the map of France, the “city of weapons and cycles” never hosted the Tour, as the race tended to cling to the national borders. However, it has welcomed the race 25 times since 1950 and, on the occasion of the last visit in 2014, it saw Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff triumph for the first time. However, the most striking image remains Bernard Hinault crossing the line with a fractured nose and a blood-stained yellow jersey in 1985.