Stage city for the 3rd time
Common of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)
1 200 inhabitants (Larunsois)
With just under 1,200 inhabitants, the common however distinguishes itself by being one of the largest of France. It is for instance bigger than the entire Val-de-Marne department! A popular destination for visitors enjoying the charms of the Ossau valley, it also welcomed the riders of the Tour de France in 1985 for the start of a half-stage won in Pau by Regis Simon. On the 2018 Tour, Laruns witnessed the victory of Primoz Roglic who made the best of his downhilling skills after reaching the top of the Col d’Aubisque while battling it out for a podium spot that eventually slipped away during the Espelette time-trial.