Stage city for the first time
Common of Vendée (85)
1 800 inhabitants
A century after the end of World War I, the peloton of the Tour visits the land of “Father Victory”, Georges Clemenceau, born in Mouilleron-en-Pareds, the village that merged with the neighboring common of Saint-Germain-l’Aiguiller. Mouilleron was also the birthplace a prestigious military, Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, one of the chiefs of the French liberation army during the second World War.
5-time stage city
Préfecture of Vendée (85)
53 000 inhabitants
The city witnessed its major transformation as of 1804 when Napoleon the 1st decided to make it the prefecture of Vendée and launched a massive and fairly modern urban community plan. In terms of cycling, it became a land of sprinting in the thirties. The last finish of the Tour in town, in 1938, saw one of the fastest finishers at the time claim victory. Wearing his World Champion’s jersey, Belgian Éloi Meulenberg showed his impressive speed on the velodrome hosting the finish.
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