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by Mark Zalewski
November 30, 2016
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While the 2017 edition of the Tour de France is still more than half-a-year away, reports about the 2018 race are circulating. The latest is that the Brittany region could feature prominently in the race, possibly utilising the same roads as the increasingly popular Tro-Bro Léon and even a Grand Départ.
Riders take on the gravel of the 33rd Tro Bro Léon in 2016.
“I find this information a bit like everyone, in the press and on the internet,” Tro-Bro Léon director Jean-Paul Mellouet told Velo101. “All I know is that the Brest region is a candidate for departure or arrival, but nothing more.
“Obviously, seeing the Tour pass through the roads of the Tro Bro Léon would be proud, but it’s not my decision.”
“What I know is that this formula inspires. When I created the Tro-Bro Léon 34 years ago, people thought I was crazy. But today we see that many races copy us: Strade Bianche, the Schaal Sels in Belgium has taken our formula, even stage races such as Paris-Nice, the Giro, the Vuelta and the Tour of Alberta. While the Tour …”
The inclusion of the gravel farm roads of the Tro Bro Léon in the Tour de France would not be a big departure for the ASO, as the race has included more adventurous roads in recent editions, such as the cobbled roads of Paris-Roubaix.
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