Prefecture of Aube (10)
Population: 62,000 (Troyens and Troyennes), 171,000 within the 81 communes comprising the Troyes Champagne Métropole municipality
Troyes is a city of cycling and has often featured on the Tour route, the last occasion in 2017 when Marcel Kittel won here. Paris-Troyes is one of the most prestigious amateur Classics and is now open to continental teams. Marcel Bidot hailed from Troyes and was a pillar of the UV Aube, as well as being Jacques Anquetil’s sporting director when he won his first Tour title in 1957. The Simon brothers (yellow jerseys Pascal and François, Tour stage winners Régis and Jérôme) come from here too, and were members of the UVCA, the other local club. Now Troyes is set to have this beautiful connection with the women’s side of the sport!