2011 Tour de France to start in Vendee region

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Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, announced on Tuesday that the 2011 Tour de France will start in the Vendée region, situated in west France.

The first two stages of the 2011 Tour - on Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3 - will take place in the coastal region, with a third stage starting in Vendée before the riders head north.

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