A Road Through the Sea!
The 2018 Tour de France will cover 3,329 km, 211 km shorter than last year. That being said, it will be a fairly challenging route for riders, and an exciting one for the fans.
The spotlight in the early stages will be on the island of Noirmoutier, where the race begins. The Passage du Gois, a road connecting the island to the mainland, is only visible during low tide. The daily inundation by the high tide makes the surface very wet and slippery. Riders beware, as there was a large crash on the Passage du Gois during the 1999 Tour de France.
The island of Noirmoutier’s name in the Breton language is Nermouster, which means “black abbey.” It is a gorgeous island, with all the trappings a visitor to France hopes to see: a historical castle and abbey, a salt marsh, and many other lovely structures. If you haven’t set your vacation plans yet, consider putting Noirmoutier on your list of possible destinations.