Notorious passage start for 2018 Tour de France

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Next year’s Tour de France will begin on a notorious, slippery passageway linking an island off the west coast to the mainland, organisers ASO revealed on Tuesday.
The Grand Depart of the 105th edition of the world’s most prestigious cycle race will start on June 30, 2018 on the 4km Passage du Gois—a natural periodically flooded land-bridge from the island of Noirmoutier to the Vendee department in the Loire region—with a 195km flat stage.
The passage has a infamous place in Tour history as it proved decisive in helping Lance Armstrong win the first of his seven titles—he was later stripped of all of them for doping—in 1999.
Many of the favourites, including Switzerland’s Alex Zulle, crashed on the slippery cobbles and ended up losing six minutes to the American, who would eventually win the Tour by seven minutes.—AFP

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