Sub-prefecture of Vosges (88)
Population: 19,800 (Déodatiens and Déodatiennes), 77,000 within the 77 communes comprising the Greater Saint-Dié-des-Vosges municipality
The Tour de France serves up a geography lesson every summer. The home of 19th century French prime minister Jules Ferry and of the renowned International Geography Festival, Saint-Dié was the place where the name “America” appeared on a map for the first time in 1507, soon after the discovery of the new continent, and is therefore well worth a diversion. The sport’s men first time came here in 2019 for the start of a stage to Colmar, where seven-time green jersey winner Peter Sagan won his last Tour stage. And in 2010, the women finished there on a stage of the Route de France, Marianne Vos winning the sprint ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten.