• Grand Départ du Tour de France 2018. (Getty)Source: Getty
It will be a return to the race's roots as the first edition in 1903 was also hosted by the western region.
Cycling Central

13 Feb 2017 - 7:40 AM 

Since then the cities and towns of the Pays de la Loire have welcomed the Grand Depart nine times, most recently Passage du Gois in 2011.

The announcement was made by race director Christian Prudhomme at half-time of the rugby match between France and Scotland. Specific details of the route on the initial stages will be unveiled at a news conference on Feb. 28.

The Pays de la Loire region hosted the Tour de France on its very first edition. It was via the Vendée that the pack entered the region in 1903 on the Bordeaux-Nantes stage, destined to become a classic on the routes of the era in which the Tour de France emerged.

Since this time, the cities and towns of the Pays de la Loire region have welcomed the Grand Départ nine times, five of which have set out from the Vendée. In 2018, the riders will once again gather in this cycling-crazy part of the country to tackle the 105th edition of the Tour de France.

This year's Tour begins in the German city of Dusseldorf.

The Grand Départs of the Tour de France hosted by the Pays de la Loire region:

1957: Nantes
1967: Angers
1972: Angers
1976: Saint-Jean-de-Monts
1988: Pornichet
1993: Puy-du-Fou
1999: Puy-du-Fou
2005: Fromentine
2011: Passage du Gois