3 times a stage town – 8,600 inhabitants
Often on the program of the Critérium du Dauphiné, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne has already hosted the prologue of the 2011 edition claimed by an impressive Lars Boom. Since then, the Tour de France enjoyed a nice start in the city of the Opinel knife in 2012. On that day, the strongest man was David Millar, winner of the stage heading to Annonay Davézieux after being part of a breakaway and eventually outsprinting Jean-Christophe Péraud.
LA TOUSSUIRE-LES SYBELLES
Twice a stage town – There are 2,500 inhabitants in the Sybelles domain, 570 at Fontcouverte
The last finish of the Tour de France at La Toussuire was one of the many turning moments in the recent renewal of French cycling. Already revealed to the world on the previous year thanks to his win at l'Alpe-d'Huez and the White Jersey he conquered in Paris, Pierre Rolland enjoyed another moment of glorious climbing, eventually winning his second alpine stage. Behind him, Thibaut Pinot confirmed what a talented climber he was after his earlier triumph in Porrentruy: at only 22 years of age he would capture second spot ahead of Chris Froome, Jurgen Van den Broeck, Vincenzo Nibali and Bradley Wiggins.