When two modern day Raymond Poulidors came head-to-head at the altar of Rodez, one of them was going to finally head home with a ring on his finger. More
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New stage town – 24,100 inhabitants
In the geographical outskirts of Toulouse, there's a real passion for flying machines and it's lasted for quite some time now. It was actually one of the most famous children of Muret who was said to have managed to fly the first motorized machine, known then as the Eole. Clément Ader, a pioneer in the history of aviation, actually first started his career as an inventor by bringing innovations to the velocipede he had discovered at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1867. While La Route du Sud cycling race has often organised stages taking off from Muret, the Tour de France will be visiting for the first time.
Twice a stage town – 26,000 inhabitants
When discovering Rodez, the lovers of architecture often stop in front of its flamboyant gothic cathedral, while the modern art enthusiasts can now gather in numbers in the brand new Musée Soulages that has been exhibiting since a few months the biggest painting collection of the most famous Rodez native. The fans of the Tour de France will certainly remember that the Prefecture of Aveyron had welcomed the only stage victory of Pierre-Henri Menthéour in 1984. The former team mate of Laurent Fignon who had then become a talented cameraman passed away last spring.