Mouilleron-Saint-Germain is a tiny village and it welcomes the Tour de France to pay hommage to two famous inhabitants – Georges Clemenceau and Jean de Lattre de Tassigny. The first was nicknamed Father Victory: he was a principal architect of the Treaty of Versailles at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. The second was one of the grand commander-in-chiefs of the French Liberation Army in World War II.
The riders leave Mouilleron-Saint-Germain to head southeast, although this is merely a feint. Following some kilometres the route changes to the northeast. With fields on the left and fields on the right, we should expect a bunch sprint in La Roche-sur-Yon.
It’s been a long time since the Tour de France visited La Roche-sur-Yon, but in the thirties the arrival place was a regular host. René le Greves took the win in 1934 and 1935, 1936 saw a Marcel Kint victory, while Roger Lapebie was the victor in 1937. The last Tour de France stage winner in La Roche-sur-Yon was the then World Champion Eloi Meulenberg in 1938.
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