Notre Dame des Cyclistes
On 22 August 1958, Father Joseph Massie, pastor of Créon-d'Armagnac, Mauvezin-d'Armagnac and Lagrange, was inspired by the chapel of Madonna del Ghisallo in Italy to make a similar chapel for cyclists. On 18 May 1959, Pope John XXIII agreed to make the old chapel a National Sanctuary of Cycling and Cyclists under the protection of the Virgin: Our Lady of cyclists (Notre-Dame des cyclistes).
Museum of cycling
The chapel and museum is a focal point for amateur cyclists and tourists. From 1958, it was converted into a Museum of Cycling in aid of French racing and touring cyclists. Numerous champions have donated their shirts, including André Darrigade, Jacques Anquetil, Louison Bobet, Tom Simpson, Roger Lapébie, Jean Stablinski, Bernard Hinault, Raymond Poulidor, Eddy Merckx and Luis Ocaña
The chapel includes a stained glass window designed and created by Henri Anglade, a former rider of the Tour de France, to represent cycling. It was reportedly intended to celebrate a thaw in the intense rivalry between Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali, as they shared a bottle (bidon) on the Col d'Izoard during the 1952 Tour de France.
Other chapels of cycling
- Madonna del Ghisallo, situated in Magreglio near Lake Como and was dedicated to Italian cycling in 1948 by Pope Pius XII.
- Nuestra Señora de Dorleta, situated in Leintz-Gatzaga (Basque; in Spanish Salinas de Léniz) in the province of Guipuzcoa.
- Eglise du Geou dite Notre-Dame des Cyclistes, Ministry of Culture listing
- Site officiel de Labastide d'Armagnac
- "Tour de France, Official Website". Archived from the original on 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
- Vélo, France, 2000
- Museo del Ciclismo - Madonna del Ghisallo
- Official web site of Leintz-Gatzaga