Tour de France 2018

Introduction


For the 6th time in its history, the Tour de France sees Le Grand Depart in the Vendée in 2018. This is great news! But, extra special this time, is that Le Tour will spend four days in the neighborhood. What a wonderful opportunity for our guests to not only explore this beautiful area, but to experience one of the most important, and most exciting sporting events on the planet, with Manoir de la Baudonnière as a home-base! On this page we will explain the when, where, and what about the Tour de France 2018 in the Vendée. Please view our accommodations here, and contact us to make your reservations.

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July 7th, 2018
Le Grand Depart

Start: Noirmoutier-en-L’Île
Arrivee: Fontenay-Le-Comte
Length: 195km
Promo Caravan: tba
Departure: tba
Arrival: tba
Click here for the Route Map

July 8th, 2018
Stage 2

Start: Mouilleron-St-Germain
Arrivee: La-Roche-sur-Yon
Length: 185km
Promo Caravan: tba
Departure: tba
Arrival: tba
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July 9th, 2018
Stage 3: Team Time Trial

Start: Cholet
Arrivee: Cholet
Length: 35km loop
Promo Caravan: tba
Departure: tba
Arrival: tba
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July 10th, 2018
Stage 4

Start: La Baule
Arrivee: tba
Length: tba
Promo Caravan: tba
Departure: tba
Arrival: tba
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Make your reservations to camp, gite, or B&B
with us for your Tour de France 2018 experience
in the Vendée, Pays de la Loire!

How to attend Le Tour de France!

At the start of a stage

At the start line of a Tour de France stage, spectators are very much a part of village festivities, while participants of the famous Publicity Caravan generously distribute sponsor swag. See your favourite cyclists in person as they officially sign in for the day’s etappe and go through television interviews. Savor the ambiance as presidential motorcade, tour director, former champions, photographers and cameramen, and of course the cyclists, prepare for the start signal. Early birds take the worm! Some noteworthy details:

  • Attendants will direct you to parking, typically 1 – 2 km away
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes (prepare for lots of standing around)
  • Bring a camera, and also a bag to collect sponsor swag (you’ll need it)
  • Backpacks may be searched, or not allowed (see announcements regarding security measures on TdF website)
  • Official team cycling kit (pricey) and TdF gear (reasonably priced) for sale
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Along the route

Find a spot along the Tour de France route is easy to do with some research of the ‘parcours’ schedule on the Tour de France website. Each stage has a detailed listing of the route, with interactive maps to figure out exact streets. Additionally, the schedule shows the expected time table for the Tour Caravan, and the race itself at 44/42/40 km/h average peleton speed, and this for each street. Schedules available May/June. Then, research village announcements for road closures. Think strategically (e.g. on a flat stretch the cyclists will race you by in seconds) and arrive early.

  • Before road closures, it may be possible to park on the route itself; white signs are placed to direct traffic
  • Bring a camera, something to collect promotional items , drinks, a picnic or a barbeque (see TdF website for security measures) chairs, table, sunglasses and SUNSCREEN
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing, comfortable shoes
  • Official TdF gear: flag down a van that sells it
  • The Caravan lasts around 45 minutes to an hour. Dance, dress up, wave, shout to receive promo items
  • Fair warning: sometimes spectators are sprayed with mist. Do protect your camera!
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Near the finish line

Equally entertaining are the (many) hours you may spend at the finish line as the excitement for a sprint finish builds. The Tour Caravan provides distraction and entertainment and world-wide press is omnipresent. Ambiance and fascination guaranteed!

  • White signs are placed to direct traffic
  • See announcements regarding security measures on TdF website
  • You may spend most of the day in place, not to lose a prime spot
  • Bring a camera, and a bag for promotional items, weather-appropriate clothing, comfortable shoes, chairs, sunglasses and SUNSCREEN
  • Official TdF gear and team gear for sale

Experience Caravan

Tour de France 2018 in the Vendée:
plan your holiday!


Manoir de la Baudonnière lies at the heart of your 2018 Tour de France adventure in the Vendee, and why not extend your stay to explore the area more? To plan your holiday, information about some of the TdF locations such as Noirmoutier, and much more, please check our Itineraries page and sign up to receive your three free travel guides. Below are practical Tour de France 2018 suggestions, in relation to your stay with us incl. driving directions from the Manoir.

Stage 1


July 7th, 2018, is your chance to see a Tour de France sprint finish just a short 38 km away from Manoir de la Baudonnière – a 40 minute drive to Fontenay-le-Comte. See map


Stage 2


July 8th, 2018, starts in Mouilleron-Saint-Germain (formerly Mouilleron-en-Pareds), which is just a short 12.9 km away from Manoir de la Baudonnière – a 15 minute drive. See map


Stage 3


July 9th, 2018, marks a Team Time Trial stage just 44 km away from Manoir de la Baudonnière – a 50 minute drive. Arrive early for the caravan and stay to see your favourite teams race against the clock! See map


Stage 4


July 10th, 2018, Departure at La Baule is the furthest from from the Manoir, 163 km (2hrs) marks an opportunity to watch the race roadside. See map and the route to find the ideal spot for you and your family.