3-time stage city
Chef-lieu de canton of Loire-Atlantique (44)
15 500 inhabitants
The eight-kilometre beach that surrounds the summer resort is considered as one of the nicest in Europe. It already attracted tourists at the end of the 19th century but had to wait until 1965 to welcome the riders of the Tour with a sprint finish won by Guido Reybroeck. In 1988, it was in La Baule that the very first Village of the Tour was set up. Sadly this innovation was rapidly blown away by a big storm.
Stage city for the first time
Chef-lieu de canton of Morbihan (56)
7 900 inhabitants
The Tour de France regularly visits Brittany and all the splendid places it has to offer, but it has never organised the finish of one of its stages at the heart of the Golfe du Morbihan. It’ll be the case in 2018, in Sarzeau where passion for cycling is even more shared here then elsewhere in the region. Indeed the mayor of the common is none else than David Lappartient, new president of the Union Cycliste Internationale.