GRAND DEPART OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE 2018:

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2018 TOUR TO START ON PASSAGE DU GOIS

Key points

 Vendée will host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France for the sixth time —the tenth start from

Pays de la Loire. The peloton will set off from the Passage du Gois on Saturday, 30 June 2018.

 The first riders to uncork the champagne will be the winners of the stages to Fontenay-le-Comte and La Roche-sur-Yon, which will be followed by a team time trial in Cholet. Stage 4, the last one in the region will start from La Baule.

The peloton has already got a taste of the mysterious Passage du Bois, which has so far remained above the waves while the Tour de France rides over it. The opening stage of the 2011 edition started in this fascinating place and headed towards Mont des Alouettes. This time round, the peloton will reach Fontenay-le-Comte after a tour of the Vendée coast which includes Saint-Jean-de-Monts, Les Sables-d’Olonne and Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard. Stage 2 is a blast from the past —La Roche-sur-Yon used to be fertile ground for sprinters in the 1930s, but it has not hosted a Tour stage finish for the last 80 years.

The next day, the course of the Tour de France will leave Vendée for a 35-km team time trial in Cholet. Finally, stage 4 will start from La Baule, whose famous beach last saw he multicoloured snake of the Grande Boucle in 1988. The peloton will spend 100-odd kilometres in the Pays de la Loire region and leave it after crossing Derval… The next destination will be kept under wraps until 17 October, when the 2018 Tour de France will be presented at the Palais des Congrès de Paris.

Opening stages of the 2018 Tour de France:

Saturday, 30 June – Stage 1: Noirmoutier-en-l’Île > Fontenay-le-Comte, 195 km

Sunday, 1 July – Stage 2: Mouilleron-Saint Germain > La Roche-sur-Yon, 185 km

Monday, 2 July – Stage 3: Cholet > Cholet, 35 km (TTT)

Tuesday, 3 July – Stage 4: La Baule > ???

More information on www.letour.fr

More information on www.vendee.fr and www.paysdelaloire.fr

Press Contact : Marion Gachies

mgachies@aso.fr

+33.6.07.02.42.17

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