From a sporting perspective, the city stands out primarily for the European adventures of Cercle Saint-Pierre. Led by Richard Dacoury, it became the first French basketball club to win a continental title in 1993. It’s also hosted 13 Tour finishes, including the start of the 1970 edition, which began with a bang, the prologue won by Eddy Merckx, who went on to take eight stage victories and spent 18 days in yellow. The race’s last visit to the city renowned for its porcelain was in 2016 and also earned a place in the cycling history books. The bunch sprint was won by Marcel Kittel, the master of the genre at the time, who finished just 0.0003 of a second ahead of Bryan Coquard, thereby depriving the Frenchman of a first Tour victory.
- Stage town for the 16th time
- Prefecture of Haute-Vienne (87)
- Population: 131,000 (Limougeauds and Limougeaudes), 209,000 within the 20 communes comprising the Limoges metropolis