Switzerland’s fourth largest city in terms of population has established itself as the administrative capital of world sport, with some 40 international federations located within its boundaries bordering Lake Geneva. The International Olympic Committee was the first of them to move here in 1915. The Tour de France halted here for the first time in 1948, when Gino Bartali took the sixth of his seven stage wins that year. Lausanne was also on the route of the final Tour of the 20th century, when another repeat winner, Erik Dekker, triumphed here after two previous successes that year in Villeneuve- sur-Lot and Revel.

  • Stage town for the 6th time
  • Capital of the canton of Vaud in Switzerland
  • Population: 140,000 (Lausannois and Lausannoises)


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