Cluses was first of all a key place for the distribution of prizes during the 1994 Tour: by winning alone the stage between Moûtiers and Cluses and then dominating the Avoriaz time-trial the following day, Latvia’s Piotr Ugrumov went from the 6th to the 2nd place of the general classification, becoming the runner-up to Miguel Indurain in Paris. The capital of undercutting (machining of micro mechanic parts, used for watchmaking) was then, in 2002, the start location towards Norway’s second stage success on the Tour when Thor Hushovd won in Bourg-enBresse, becoming the successor fifteen years after of Dag Otto Lauritzen.
Stage city for the 3rd time
Chef-lieu de canton of Haute-Savoie (74)
Inhabitants: 17,100 (Clusiens),44,900 in the 10 commons of the Communauté de communes Cluses-Arve et Montagnes