Here's what YOU thought would be the perfect start to the Tour de France

We asked Cycling Weekly readers how they would devise the Grand Départ of the Tour de France. And here's what they said...

Andre Greipel wins stage two of the 2015 Tour de France

(Image credit: Watson)

A hotly-debated topic among cycling fans is what exactly would make the ideal start to the Tour de France.

Every year we see complaints that the Grand Départ of Le Tour was too easy, too hard, not in France, not in the right part of France, had a time trial, didn't have a time trial, etc...

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Nigel Wynn
Former Associate Editor

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.