On July 20, 1975 Bernard Thévenet won his first Tour de France. He beat Eddy Merckx. And he enjoys his success on the Champs-Elysees. Again this is a first, the 1975 edition ends with the Parisian avenue. “It was a magical arrival. There was huge crowd,” recalls Thevenet. “It was really a great idea to get there.”
Since its first edition, Tour de France has always chosen the capital Paris as its final destination.
However, different from what most people think, the peloton of the Tour de France has not always closed the loop on the prestigious Champs-Elysees avenue.
In fact, the Champs Elysées has been chosen as a final destination of the Tour de France only in 1975. Before that date, from 1903 to 1967, the arrival was done at Parc des Princes from 1903 to 1967, and at the Velodrome Cipale from 1968 to 1974.
Even this final stage is the shortest of the Tour, it remains the most spectacular. For a good reason, this 21st stage starts rather festively before making on the appearance of the final sprint and final acceleration to mark the entry on the Paris circuit.
Needless to say that this time, both sporting, competition and conviviality are not to be missed!
This year from July 4 to 26, Tour de France 102nd edition will set off this in the Netherlands and more precisely in the city of Utrecht.
For almost 23 days all sports lovers will be at the rendez-vous with a sports event like no other in the whole world.
On Sunday, July 26 2015, cyclists will be finishing a whole course of competition, sports, festivity at the Champs Elysees.
A moment that many are looking forward to. Cyclists who are worn out by this race, and also the supporters and fans of the sport, which fascinates the French and since more than a century now.
Tour De France is a very fun sports event that attracts not only Parisians, but also tourists who come from all corners of the globe to witness such a glorious moment. For a unique follow up of the race, you can climb the Eiffel tower or Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, and you’ll enjoy something really different.
So be there to live a moment of thrill and emotion, Sunday, July 26, 2015 on the Champs-Elysees with the last stage of the Tour de France!
If you’re planning a trip to Paris during Tour de France and still don’t know where to stay, we’ve selected for you 4 apartments : Les Bouquinistes Augustines, Louvre Elegant suite, Marais temple and Eiffel Tower balcony.
All of which are comfortable, luxury and ideally situated throughout the course and will undoubtedly amaze the most demanding of you.
July 4 to July 26, 2015