2018 Tour de France: Stage 1 Preview

It's the sixth Grand Départ of the Tour de France in the cycling-mad Vendée province, the home of the Direct Energie team previously known as Bonjour, La Boulangère, Bouygues Telecom and Europcar.

After a first stint in 1976, it was every six years: 1993, 1999, 2005 and 2011. Seven years ago, stage 1 also started from the island of Noirmoutier but throughout the Passage du Gois, a road flood twice daily with the incoming tide. The Tour de France being held one week later than normal to reduce the clash with the FIFA World Cup, it makes the scenic road impracticable.

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