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2 times stage town – 90,000 inhabitants (Versaillais) At the gateway to Paris, Versailles is a town with an endless wealth of culture.
From the Jeu de Paume oath to the first National Assembly with the Declaration of the Rights of Man inbetween, Versailles has been the place of thoughts, writings and decisions that have had a universal impact on man.
Its famous castle listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most beautiful examples of 17th century French art.
Louis XIII’s former hunting pavillion was transformed and enlarged by his son Louis XIV who installed his court and the French government there in 1682.
Every year the number of visitors nears 7 million.
Versailles is also one of the greenest towns in the Île-de-France and its natural heritage is particularly interesting.
Partnering the town and the Château to welcome this last stage, the department of Yvelines takes very seriously its policies of developing green routes, most notably with the creation of the network of cycle routes and ‘green’ lanes crossing about 750 kms of its land.
38 times stage town – 2,250,000 inhabitants (Parisiens) Every year the Avenue des Champs-Élysée becomes the theatre for the final act of the Tour de France.
But to bring this 100th edition to a climax, the sumptuous final of the Grande Boucle will take place in the evening and for the first time the riders will make a complete tour of an illuminated Arc de Triomphe.
This celebratory moment that will bring together Parisiens and numerous tourists from all over the world is also a chance to celebrate the bicycle, to which since 2001 Paris has given its rightful place.
Today, with the efforts of Vélib’ the bicycle hire scheme that was launched six years ago and now available in 30 municipalities in the suburbs, the development of cycle lanes, an increase in the number of ‘double sens’ lanes open to cyclists and in the near future the arrival of self-service electric bicycles, the town offers its residents and visitors the chance to discover its thousand delights by bicycle.
From the new banks of the Seine to the redesigned Place de la République, Paris is dedicated to making travel around the city easy for everyone in a spirit of sharing and freedom.