Preview: Stade Velodrome offers grandstand finish for Tour de France time trial

Back to the future. The Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, as the name suggests, began its existence with a cycling track around its perimeter, but over the years it gradually shifted from a multi-sport complex to a football-specific stadium. Ironically, the final transition came in 1985, when Bernard Tapie, owner of the La Vie Claire squad of Bernard Hinault, added Olympique de Marseille football club to his portfolio and had the track ripped up to increase the capacity of the stadium. By the end of the decade, he had eschewed cycling for football altogether.

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