Laval has only welcomed it once until now but is already part of two chapters in the great history book of the Tour. The first concerns a speed record established on the 7th of July 1999: a day after the victory of Tom Steels in the main city of Mayenne, another great sprinter Mario Cipollini conquered the Laval-Blois stage at an average speed of 50.355 km/h, and that remains to date the fastest normal stage in the history of the event. The second is a celebration of two-time French champion Jacky Durand who wore the Yellow Jersey in 1995, claimed three stages but also conquered the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Tours.
Stage city for the 2nd time
Préfecture of Mayenne (53)
Inhabitants: 49,900 (Lavallois), 113,000 in the 34 commons of the Communauté d’agglomération Laval Agglo