Tour Stage 1: Doesn’t Look Like Wind, Ted

Stage 1: Noirmoutier-en-l’Île — Fontenay-le-Comte (189k) And lo, it did come to July, and though the kicking of an acrylic bladder did delay proceedings, ye Grandest of Departs did come upon the land. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth, as the King of the Land received quarter from the overlords. And so, saith thy loyal previewer, it’s about bloody time we kicked off proceedings. This is stage one of the 2018 Tour de France. The organisers of this race used to love the Passage du Gois. Crashes are now apparently out of fashion, however, so we’re coming back to the mainland from the start town, Normoutier- en-L’Île, on a safer route. The stage, of course, takes place mostly along the Atlantic coast which up until very recently led to optimism that there would be a good chance of crosswinds. However, no matter how much optimistic scouring of different ...

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