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Stage 21 - 10/25/2131

Flat - Chatou > Paris Champs-Élysées - 108.4 km

Paris Champs-Élysées

The Tour that has always ended in Paris will for the 47th time finish on the Champs-Élysées. It had in the past witnessed its term in the Parc des Princes (54 times) and then seven times at La Cipale (between 1968 and 1974), in the Bois de Vincennes where Eddy Merckx celebrated his five victories. There were however two finishes in other places of the capital: stage 4 of the 1951 edition was claimed by Roger Lévêque at the Longchamp race track and Bradley McGee won the prologue of the centennial, in 2003, on the Avenue de la Motte-Picquet, in front of the Military School.Traditional finish town of the Tour de France 47th finish on the Champs-Élysées Capital of France and chef-lieu of the Région Île-de-France Common-department and Préfecture (75)
Inhabitants: 2,250,000 (Parisiens), 12-million in the Région Île-de-France

Chatou

It was in Chatou that a group of London students played in 1867 the first official football match in France. It was also in Chatou, between the neutral Grand Départ of the 1938 Tour in Paris and Km 0 in Vesinet that Paul Maye was hit by a motorbike. The sprinter from Bayonne with a dislocated shoulder however managed to reach Caen without retiring. The photograph of his nightmare made the front page of the first edition of Match weekly magazine that was later to become Paris-Match. His accident allowed him to meet during his recovery and eventually marry beautiful Maryvonne Hachart, a model of designer house Paquin.Start city for the 1st time Chef-lieu de canton of Yvelines (78)
Inhabitants: 30,500 (Catoviens), 330,100 in the 19 commons of the Communauté d’agglomération Saint Germain Boucles de Seine