Aix-en-Provence had to wait for more than half a century to hold another Tour de France stage. In 1962, fans had lined along the Cours Mirabeau to watch the riders come from Montpelier, a similar stage to this year, only backwards. More recently Cezanne's hometown was the stage of another important cycling event when Slovak Peter Sagan, taking part in his first big stage race in the 2010 Paris-Nice, sprinted to his second professional victory, two days after his maiden win in Aurillac. Aix also organises one of the earliest and oldest criteriums, Ronde d'Aix, celebrating its 65th edition this year. Riders from Aix include Team Sojasun's Remi Pauriol, who already took part in four Tours de France.