Sub-prefecture of Bas-Rhin (67)
Population: 19,500 (Sélestadiens and Sélestadiennes), 37,000 within the 12 communes comprising the Greater Sélestat municipality

It was an oversight that had to be remedied. Sélestat has never hosted a stage of the men’s or the women’s Tour. It is nevertheless a cycling-friendly town, thanks to its network of cycle paths and its beautiful natural heritage. It’s also a sporting town, twice crowned a national champion by sports paper L’Équipe in 1959 and 2010. Its clubs have produced a number of renowned athletes, such as legendary handball goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer and swimmer Béatrice Hess, a multi-medallist at the Paralympic Games. All that was missing was this cycling consecration…

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