Prefecture of Meuse (55)
Population: 15,600 (Barisiens and Barisiennes or Barrois and Barroises), 36,000 within the 33 communes comprising the Bar-le-Duc Sud Meuse municipality

On the edge of the Bourg district, a sculpture pays tribute to Bar-le-Duc’s most ingenious citizen: by fitting a crank to the front axle of a two-wheeled dandy-horse, Pierre Michaux became the first manufacturer of a “pedal cycle” in 1862. However, the homeland of the father of the bicycle had to wait until 2001 to welcome the Tour de France, when it hosted the finish of a high-speed and memorable team time trial stage from Verdun that was won by the Crédit Agricole team of yellow jersey Stuart O’Grady. Now the sport’s women will be coming to pay tribute to the man who invented their wonderful machines.

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