The Mont Chauve (bald mount) doesn't carry its name that well when the Tour comes to visit with its hundreds of thousands of spectators coming along. The French National Day will really be a moment of truth for the candidats to Yellow Jersey glory, whether they're French or not. To reach the Observatoire as a winner is the best possible preparation before the remaining part of the event.
Thanks to the Tour de France, Montpellier has a special relationship with Africa. In 2007, Robert Hunter had become, thanks to his sprint victory, the first African stage winner on the Tour. Six years later, at the same place, his compatriot Daryl Impey would write another prestigious page of Tour history by becoming the first African to capture the Yellow Jersey.