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by Mark Zalewski
February 13, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Felline wins Trofeo Laigueglia; Valverde solos to fifth win at Vuelta a Murcia; Cort Nielsen wins Clasica de Almeria; Van der Poel, Cant take final Superprestige round in Middelkerke and overall titles; Cant, van der Poel win at Holly Cross Fortress; Janse van Rensburg, Dalton win South African road titles; Klaas Vantornout says team is terminating his contract early; 2018 Tour de France Grand Départ confirmed for Vendee; Science of Cycling – The Echelon: How To Deal With a Crosswind; Van der Poel pulls wheelie celebration during final lap in Middelkerke; 10 crazy wall rides.
The Vendee department and Pays de la Loire region on the western coast of France will host the 2018 Tour de France Grand Départ, the ASO has confirmed.
Vendée (85) was the region of the Grand Depart in 2011 (on the Vendée coast).
This will be the sixth time the Tour de France has started in the Vendee department and the ninth for the Loire area. The area was part of the inaugural Tour in 1903 and most recently hosted the start in 2011.
While the official details and stage information will be revealed in a press conference on February 28, Le Télégramme is reporting that it will include three days of racing in the Vendee region before heading north to Brittany.
It also said that race director Christian Produhomme inquired about one of the Brittany stages featuring dirt roads in the finale like those used in the Tro-Bro Leon race.
This year’s Grand Départ will happen in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Click through to read more at Le Télégramme.