Renamed “Napoléonville” when the Emperor decided to make it a stronghold, Pontivy was given its original name – the one that comes from the old bridge over the Blavet - back in 1814. The city of brothers Ferdinand and Paul Le Drogo, both stage winners on the Tour at the end of the twenties, of Jean Gainche, who won his stage back in 1958, and of Fernand Picot, two-time winner of the Grand Prix de Plouay (1961 and 1963), is also the birth place of David Lappartient, president of the Union cycliste internationale (UCI). And there’s a strong cycling tradition there thanks to the Véloce club pontivyen, the famous club that focusses on training young riders.
Stage city for the 1st time
Sous-préfecture of Morbihan (56)
Inhabitants: 14,600 (Pontivyens), 46,000 in the 25 commons of the Communauté de communes Pontivy Communauté