1991 remains, for two reasons, a fine vintage for Mâcon that welcomed the Tour de France for the first time and hosted the decisive victory of Miguel Indurain on a time-trial. A few weeks earlier, a future World champion, Antoine Griezmann was born there. On the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, young German John Degenkolb confirmed what a promising rider he was, entering the best sprinters’ club as he won on the shores of the Saône river just by the statue of Lamartine.

Thanks to its central position on the map of France, the “city of weapons and cycles” never hosted the Tours before the war that would often “stick” to the borders. However, it welcomed the race 25 times as of 1950 and on the occasion of its last visit in 2014 saw Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff triumph for the first time. But the most notable image remains that of Bernard Hinault in 1985 crossing the line with a fractured nose and a blood-stained Yellow Jersey.

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