The town, third most important pilgrimage site in Catholicism, has welcomed the Tour’s peloton on a more occasional basis. It wasn’t until 1948 that there was a finish in Lourdes, victory going to Gino “the Pious” Bartali. Much later, in 2011, the last finish in this town saw Thor Hushovd take the honours in the world champion’s jersey. Then, on the occasion of the last stage start in Lourdes in 2018, Slovenian Primoz Roglic continued his rise to the top by plunging into Laruns to win his second Tour stage after his success at Serre-Chevalier in 2017, his victory briefly moving him into a podium place.
- Stage town for the 6th time
- Main town in a canton of Hautes-Pyrénées (65)
- Population: 13,700 (Lourdais and Lourdaises), 225,000 in Hautes-Pyrénées