Tour de France 2018: Grand Depart to be held in Vendee, France

Tour de France 2016
La Manche in north-west France hosted the 2016 Grand Depart

The 2018 Tour de France Grand Depart will take place in Vendee in western France.

The first stage will begin on Noirmoutier-en-l'lle on 30 June and cross the Passage du Gois, a causeway which is often flooded.

The 2011 edition, which was won by Australia's Cadel Evans, also began on the island and crossed the passage.

Dusseldorf will host the 2017 Grand Depart on 1 July after London turned down the chance to hold the event.

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