Tucked away at the foot of Europe’s largest volcano, the Puy Mary, Aurillac sways between serenity and turbulence. Thanks to its many infrastructures, especially of cultural and sporting nature, Aurillac manages to combine tradition and modernity. Whilst a peaceful and pleasant town, it also has the capacity to host events and create a lively atmosphere. For the last thirty-three years, it has been hosting the International Street Theatre Festival and the crowds upwards of 120,000 spectators that it brings. It has an often enthusiastic relationship with sport. Stade Aurillacois Cantal Auvergne plays in the Pro D2 division of France’s championship and is a stronghold as well as a respected element of Gallic rugby. With 10,000 sports club members and almost 100 sports clubs or associations for a population on 28,000, Aurillac has always given its backing to large-scale sporting events, mainly in the domain of cycling: Paris-Nice, Tour de France, Tour de l'Avenir, the French road cycling championships, etc. Aurillac is therefore proud and happy to provide the setting for the Grand Start on the 71st Critérium du Dauphiné.