Sub-prefecture of Marne (51)
Population: 183,000 (Rémois and Rémoises), 296,000 within the 143 communes comprising the Greater Reims municipality
The city where the kings of France had their coronation also crowned the first queen of road cycling: it was indeed at the motor-racing circuit in Reims where Luxembourg’s Elsy Jacobs became the first winner of the women’s world championship in 1958. The homeland of another rainbow jersey winner, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, has also been propitious terrain for Tour sprinters. The names of the last four riders to have won a stage here and savour the delicious glass of Champagne that inevitably goes with it are proof of that: Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (1991), Robbie McEwen (2002), Alessandro Petacchi (2010) and André Greipel (2014).