Tour de France Stage 3 Preview

MONDAY, JULY 4TH – STAGE 3 – 223.5km


Profile Granville / Angers 223.5KM


Mountain passes & hills Granville / Angers 223.5KM

  • Km 25.5 – Côte de Villedieu-les-Poêles1.5 kilometre-long climb at 4.4% – category 4
Intermediate sprint

Intermediate sprint Granville / Angers 223.5KM

  • Km 171.0 – BOUILLÉ-MÉNARD
Last km

Last km Granville / Angers 223.5KM

The Start:


The holiday resort overlooks at one end the Mont-Saint-Michel bay. Its magnificence and majesty imbued the most famous child of the city. Mentioning in his autobiography the house of his childhood, designer Christian Dior explains that “its life, its style owe everything to its situation and its architecture”. Another artist, André Darrigade, in a far more physical style sprinted to victory at home, when the Tour came for the only time in 1957.

Stage town for the 2nd time
County town in a canton of La Manche (50)
13,900 inhabitants (Granvillais), 44,900 inhabitants within the 33 communes comprising the Granville Terre et Mer municipality
518,000 inhabitants of La Manche

Economy: Commercial fishing industry, France’s leading shellfish port, sailing, tourism, thalassotherapy, industry

Culture: Haute Ville ramparts (17th century), Church of Notre-Dame du Cap Lihou (14th to 18th centuries), Roc barracks (18th century military architecture), Casino (20th century seaside architecture), port’s dry dock (18th century), Cap Lihou lighthouse (19th century), Christian Dior Museum, Richard Anacréon Museum of Modern Art. Festivals: Granville carnival, Sorties de Bain (street art), Nuit des Soudeurs (metal sculpture), Jazz on the Bay, Festival des voiles de travail (sailing), air display, Toute la mer sur un plateau (seafood festival)

Sport: US Granville (football, CFA2), PLG Handball (Nationale 2), EVG Natation Water-Polo (Nationale 3), Regional Sailing Centre. Events: Tour de la Manche Cycliste, Tour du Roc à la nage (swimming)

Specialities: Granville pancake with scallops and cream, salt-crusted sea bream with sauce vierge, Granville sole with mussels and prawns, scallops with cream, whelks

Sustainable development: Neva urban transport network

Distinctions: officially classified tourist resort reputed for its climate

Slogan: The Monaco of the North


The Finish:


Most of the finishes in Angers were decided after a sprint, including the last one claimed by Tom Boonen in 2004. But the city also hosted in 1967 the first prologue in the history of the Tour. Promised to Raymond Poulidor, the Yellow Jersey would once again elude him, finally going to Spaniard José María Errandonea, winner of the time-trial with a 6-second lead. In 1972, another prologue taking place there and won by Eddy Merckx would launch the Grand Départ of the Tour.

Stage town for the 19th time
Prefecture of Maine-et-Loire (49)
154,500 inhabitants (Angevins), 272,100 inhabitants within the 30 communes comprising the Angers Loire metropolitan area

Economy: Two centres of excellence relating to digital technology and vegetable production, one of Europe’s leading horticultural centres (research and environment). One of the three main French sites for the Agency for the Development of Energy Management. University town (36,000 students)

Culture: Château (13th century), Saint-Maurice Cathedral (12th century), Collegiate Church of Saint-Martin (fifth-15th centuries), Maison d’Adam (15th century), Grand Theatre (18th century), Museum of Fine Art, Galerie David d’Angers, Museum Jean Lurcat and of Contemporary Tapestry. Festivals: Les Accroche-Coeurs (street theatre), Premiers Plans (film), Tempo Rives (contemporary music)

Sport: Angers SCO (football, Ligue 1), Ducs d’Angers (ice hockey, Ligue Magnus), UFAB 49 (basketball, Ligue Féminine), La Vaillante (table tennis). Events: French Athletics Championships, French Short-Course Swimming Championships, Tout Angers bouge (trail racing)

Specialities: Rillauds d’Anjou (pork belly), quernons d’ardoise and caramandes (artisan chocolates), Cointreau, Menthe-Pastille (liqueur), Anjou wines

Sustainable development: 142km of cycle paths, VéloCité, 2 EuroVelo tramway routes cross the town, river shuttles

Distinctions: City of art and history, French Tech, vineyards and tourist sights, ville du vegetal agricultural town

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