Candidacy for the label is open to all cities that have hosted the Tour de France at least once since its creation in 1903.

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


© K. Rouschausse

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