Saint-Étienne is delighted to once again find itself on the professional cyclists’ route and would like to bid them welcome to the city.
For its 76th edition, the “Race to the Sun” will be visiting the Saint-Étienne conurbation for the sixtieth time, making it the most frequent stop on the pack’s road from Paris to Nice. This year, it will be playing host to an individual time-trial that will take place entirely within the Saint-Étienne Métropole conurbation, a union of fifty-two municipalities including La Fouillouse, which will host the start, Saint-Héand, L’Étrat, La Tour-en-Jarez and Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, which are all along the stage route.
Traditionally a capital of cycling, Saint-Étienne Métropole is now asserting itself as a stronghold of design and is the only French city to be part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for design.
Design is an everyday factor of life for the innovative SMBs that have become world leaders in niche markets and thanks to the historical skills pool of the Saint-Étienne basin (textiles, optics/vision and mechanics).
Proud of the “French Tech” label in the speciality of manufacturing and of the Biennale du Design two-yearly exhibition, Saint-Étienne Métropole also stands out thanks to its action in the domain of sustainable development (“Ville durable et solidaire” - Sustainability and Solidarity in our Cities – “Ville respirable” – Breathable City – anti-noise pollution measures, the “Energies citoyennes” public-spirited energy prize, the “Territoire à énergie positive” positive energy territory convention, etc.). It also distinguishes itself through its rich heritage and thriving cultural scene: the presence of twelve higher education institutions makes it a prolific student city, forty-two festivals are organised each year, sixty-nine registered or listed monuments can be visited, the Firminy cultural centre is one of the gems of the extensive heritage left by Le Corbusier in the city, whilst the modern and contemporary art museum, the opera house and theatre, La Comédie (the national drama centre), Le Fil (a modern and contemporary concert hall), the eco-museum of the mines and six major exhibition and congress centres attract many visitors.
The heart of Saint-Étienne Métropole beats to an international rhythm.