Prince Albert and Princess Charlene inaugurate the Tour de France


Last Saturday, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco were in Nice for the start of the Tour de France. After two stages which started in Nice, Monday marks the last stage of the Tour from the Côte d’Azur. August 29e, The princely couple of Monaco inaugurated the departure of the 107e Tour de France. They were joined by the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, the French Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu and Jean-Michel Blanquer, the French Minister of Education. At the end of the morning, the Prince and the Princess watched the end of “La Course by le Tour”, the female version of the Tour de France. The couple also attended the awards ceremony.

Third and last step to start in Nice

The first stage of the Tour de France, also known as the Grand Départ, saw Norwegian cyclist Alexander Kristoff (UAE Emirates) triumph at the finish line. However, he couldn’t keep the yellow jersey for long. The French athlete Julian Alaphillippe (Deceuninck – Quick Step) won the second stage by snatching the yellow jersey. After two stages which started and ended in Nice, Monday August 31st is the last time that a tour stage will leave from Nice. Today, cyclists will have to cover 198 km and several valleys before arriving in the French town of Sisteron.

2020 marks the second time in 117 years of racing that the Tour de France has started in Nice. The capital of the Côte d’Azur had already hosted the Tour in 1981.


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