After Colmar, the peloton continues its path on the tracks of architect Auguste Bartholdi, creator of the Lion of Belfort that symbolises the city. During the last visit of the Tour in 2012, the mighty animal seemed to have transmitted his power and courage to a young rider who would soon express his talent: several hours later, Thibaut Pinot captured in Porrentruy his first stage win on the Tour at the age of 22.
The specialists of French sports might have followed the emergence of l’Elan Chalon, two-time French basketball champions (2012, 2017). But in terms of cycling, historians will have noticed that the pioneer of British cycling, Brian Robinson, had won there in 1959 after a long solo breakaway. On the occasion of the last visit to Chalon, Frenchman Thierry Marie managed to stay clear of the hungry bunch in the final kilometre to claim his second Tour stage in 1988.
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