July 18, 2008
According to letour.fr,
The last time a stage of the Tour de France concluded in Nimes, the runner-up was Nicolas Jalabert. He was part of an escape group on the day the Tour visited this city in the Gard department in 2004. The winner was Aitor Gonzalez who was riding for the Fassa Bortolo team at the time.
Jalabert has just been seen hovering around the rear of the peloton expressing little interest in racing too hard in the first half of the 13th stage.
Pretty cool. I was in France in 2004 and actually in Nimes, as mentioned in an earlier post.
Unfortunately, I left the country before the start of the Tour.