The prefecture of Landes has been the setting for two stage starts. The first one in 1960 headed towards the Pyrenees and saw Roger Rivière win in Pau. It was the last victory the Frenchman took, coming just a few days before the tragic accident that ended his career at the age of 24. In 1971, the peloton left Luis Ocaña’s adopted city and made for Bordeaux, just days after the Spaniard had been forced to retire after crashing in the Pyrenees. On that day, Eddy Merckx and four other riders came together in a breakaway that enabled him to win his 17th Tour victory and increase the gap between him and his closest rival, Lucien Van Impe, by three minutes.

  • Stage town for the 3rd time
  • Prefecture of Landes (40)
  • Population: 29,900 (Montois and Montoises), 53,600 within the 18 communes comprising the Greater Mont-de-Marsan municipality

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