Le Tour de France Arrives in Saint-Étienne
Once known for its arms manufacturing, the industrial city of Saint-Étienne has also been called the bicycle capital of France. Most bicycle manufacturing has moved to Asia, but the city was once home to the Motobécane and Vitus factories. Saint-Étienne is still home to the world’s best known wheelbuilding company, Mavic (whose name is an acronym for Manufacture d’Articles Velocipediques Idoux et Chanel).
Saint-Étienne often plays host to a stage of Le Tour. Lance Armstrong’s only stage win in 2005 was the time trial that passed through Saint-Étienne. He went on to claim his 7th overall victory that year in Paris. Photo by Nick Auger and Damian Bickett