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Vendee to host Tour de France Grand Depart in 2018

The 2018 Tour de France Grand Depart will take place in the Vendee region of western France, organisers Amaury Sport Organisation announced on Tuesday.

The 2017 Tour begins in Dusseldorf, Germany on July 1. Credit: PA

The first stage on June 30, 2018, will begin on Noirmoutier-en-l'lle and travel across the often submerged Passage du Gois before finishing after 195kilometres in Fontenay-le-Comte.

The 2011 edition also began on the island and crossed the causeway.

La Roche-sur-Yon, which has not hosted a Tour finish for 80 years, will be the finishing spot for the second stage.

And stage three will be a 35km team time-trial in Cholet as the race leaves the Vendee.

Stage four will start from La Baule, with the finish to be announced on October 17 in Paris, when the full route will be unveiled.

The 2017 Tour begins in Dusseldorf, Germany on July 1.

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British Cycling uphold allegation against Shane Sutton

Jess Varnish's complaint of "inappropriate and discriminatory language" against former British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton has been upheld, the national governing body has announced.

Sutton was accused of using 'inappropriate and discriminatory language'. Credit: PA

Sutton resigned on April 27, 100 days prior to the Rio Olympics, over allegations of sexism levelled by Varnish and further claims he called members of the Paralympic team "gimps" and "wobblies".

The Australian rejected the specific allegations, but quit his role as technical director to avoid any distraction leading up to the Rio Olympics.

Varnish's complaint was investigated internally by British Cycling, with the findings reported to its board on Friday.

A British Cycling statement read: "Following an internal investigation, the British Cycling board has upheld an allegation made by Jess Varnish that former technical director Shane Sutton had used inappropriate and discriminatory language.

"The board wishes to put on record its sincere regret that this happened."

The independent review into the culture of British Cycling, commissioned by the national governing body and elite sport funding body UK Sport, is ongoing.

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