At the time it was known as “Ville-Nouvelle” (new town) because it had been created twelve years prior to accommodate the workers of the Lacq gas complex. Mourenx entered the history of the Tour as soon as 1969: Eddy Merckx with the Yellow Jersey on his shoulders comforted his future overall win by beating his closest rivals by over eight minutes after an astonishing solo breakaway of 140kms. The following year, it was Christian Raymond, a faithful teammate in the Peugeot squad won his first ever Tour stage there. And it was on a stage from Mourenx to Pau after a fine counter-attack that Oscar Pereiro triumphed in 2005, a year before actually winning the Tour.
Stage city for the 5th time
Common of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)
Inhabitants: 6,500 (Mourenxois), 53,500 in the 61 commons of the Communauté de communes de Lacq-Orthez