2018 Tour de France to start on causeway that floods daily

La Manche in north-west France will host 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 July 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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