Tour de France Stage 21 Preview

Sunday, July 23rd – Stage 21 103KM

Montgeron / Paris Champs-Élysées

Stage Profile:


Intermediate Sprints:

Intermediate sprint

Last Km: 103km

Montgeron / Paris Champs-Élysées

It’ll be time for facts and figures. First of all time to check the number of riders who will enter the world of Giants of the road. Time to count the seconds or minutes separating the best on the final podium. But the finish on the Champs-Élysées is also a territory for sprinters. The British and the Germans have reigned there without sharing these last few years. Will they finally meet a worthy enough rival?

Val de Marne (94)


Population: 1.3 million

Prefecture: Creteil

Sub-prefectures: Nogent, L’Haÿ-les-Roses

Surface: 244 km²

Specialties: in terms of gastronomy, the Val-de-Marne (94) has many important arguments: the Rungis market of course, the near-centenary guinguettes, the great boom of ecological and solidary market gardening and the future City of Gastronomy.

Sports Clubs: US Ivry handball, US Creteil football, VGA Saint-Maur judo, Red Star Club Champigny-sur-Marne, US Cycling Creteil, Sucy Judo, US Creteil athletics, Academy sporting club Champigny-sur -Marne taekwondo, Van Thuyne taekwondo, Rowing Marne Joinville, Society of incentive nautical sport, Judo club Maisons-Alfort.

Sporting events: Foil World Cup (Saint-Maur), Rhythmic Gymnastics International (Thiais), U16 International Football Tournament, with the participation of national teams; Val-de-Marne cross-country; Val-de-Marne games, general public event (120,000 people over 15 days); World water-skiing championships, September 2017

Main tourist sites: Château de Grosbois, Château de Vincennes, Sucy-en-Brie Castle, Vincennes Zoo, MAC VAL, Robert Doisneau House of Photography, National Museum of Resistance, Fragonard Museum at the Maisons-Alfort veterinary school , Exporadome, Museum of History and Immigration, Dubuffet Foundation, Adrien Mentienne Museum, Emile Jean Museum, Val-de-Bièvre Ecomuseum, Saint-Maur Museum, Sucy-en-Brie Museum, Val -de-Marne Rose garden, banks of the Marne, woodlands, protected forests
Cultural Events: Book Science, Winter Sounds Festival, Dance biennale, Ciné junior festival, International Women’s Film Festival, Biennial of Poetry, Festi’Val-de-Marne, Documentary Screens, Festival l’oeil vers …, Théâtrales Charles Dullin, Kalyspo Festival, Exhibitions at MAC VAL, Music perfumes Festival, Murs/murs, Fresne(s)zik, Festival De Passage, Urban Focus,

Essonne (91)


Population: 1,200,000

Prefecture: Evry

Sub-prefectures: Palaiseau, Etampes

Surface: 1,804.4 km²

Specialties: Méréville cress, Gâtinais honey, Milly-la-Forêt peppermint, Brasserie de Parisis beer, Yerres gourmet macaroons, Soisy-sur-Ecole glassware.

Sporting Clubs: FCF Juvisy Essonne, Rugby Club Massy Essonne, Flam 91, SGS Judo, SCA 2000 GRS, Handball Massy, Entente Cycliste Montgeron Vigneux (ECMV)

Competitions: Montgeron International Athletics Meeting, Saber World Cup, French handisport Championship.

Cultural events: ELFONDUROCK Festival, European Heritage Days, Science Festival, Cultural Season of the Chamarande Departmental Estate, Cultural Season of the Méréville Departmental Estate,

Economy: 45,000 companies (Alcatel-Lucent, Carrefour, Coca-Cola, Danone, Renault, Thales, Sanofi-Aventis, Safran …), 200 laboratories, Paris Saclay, biotechnologies with Genopole, optics and photonics, Eco-technologies, agriculture, leisure tourism, Evry-Val d’Essonne and Paris Sud universities, Ecole polytechnique,

Hauts-de-Seine (92)


Population: 1,591,403 (2013)

Prefecture: Nanterre

Sub-prefectures: Antony, Boulogne-Billancourt

Surface: 176 km²

Specialties: Levallois-Perret honey, vines in Suresnes

Sport clubs: Racing 92 (rugby), Nanterre 92 (basket),

Competitions: Jardy Eventing Show 2017 / Three day event international meeting *** and Event Rider Masters in July, Horse day and International show-jumping event at Haras de Jardy in Marnes-la-Coquette (September), Top 14 and Champions Cup season for Racing 92 at the Yves-du-Manoir stadium in Colombes, Pro A and Europa Cup basketball season for Nanterre 92 at Palais des Sports de Nanterre, Marathon of Hauts-de-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine rowing regatta, Paris 20124 Olympic bid with two sites in Hauts-de-Seine: Yves du Manoir stadium in Colombes and U-Arena in Nanterre),

Festivals: Seine Musicale (Boulogne-Billancourt), Festival Chorus, La Défense Jazz Festival, Petites Nuits de Sceaux, European heritage day, exhibitions in the museum of the Sceaux departmental domain, House of Chateaubriand, Vallée-aux-Loups domain (Chatenay-Malabry). Guided visits at the garden of the Albert-Kahn gardens (Boulogne-Billancourt), Open air opera (Sceaux), Festival de l’Orangerie (Sceaux) and several prestigious venues (Theatre des Amandiers in Nanterre, Gennevilliers theatre, Théâtre 71 in Malakoff, Les Gémeaux in Sceaux.

Economy: La Defense business centre (16,000 employees, 400 private companies, 20,000 inhabitants, 17,000 students)

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