Sub-prefecture of Marne (51)
Population: 22,500 (Sparnacians and Sparnaciennes), 47,500 within the 47 communes the Épernay, Coteaux et Plaine de Champagne municipality
Seven times a Tour stage town, Épernay has only hosted two finishes. But what finishes they were! The first, in 1963, won by Eddy Pauwels, saw Spanish climber Federico Bahamontes beat his rivals by more than a minute on terrain where no one expected him to. And the one in 2019 remains unforgettable, as it saw Julian Alaphilippe take advantage of a rugged finale to claim a solo victory and his first yellow jersey. It was the prelude to a crazy and quite epic exploit that Colombian Egan Bernal brought to an end just 48 hours before the finish in Paris.