The 1903 Tour had its actual finish in Ville d’Avray, just outside Paris, whose mayor didn’t allow bike racing within the city limits. This year, Ville d’Avray, not far from the magnificent imperial palace of Versailles, sees the start of the final stage and an intermediate sprint after an initial loop of 31km in the western suburbs. The race then heads into the city with another loop via the Place de la Bastille before the final nine laps around the traditional circuit on the Champs-Elysées.
7/27/2003 Start Time: 1:38:00pm
7/27/2003 Estimated Finish Time: 5:38:00pm
Except for 1903, every Tour has finished in Paris. From 1904 to 1967, the finish was in the Parc des Princes velodrome (from which the track was removed and replaced by a soccer pitch); there followed seven years at the smaller Piste Municipale velodrome at Vincennes; and starting in 1975, the finish was transferred to the Champs-Elysées.