Welcome aboard the 'HMS Tour de France'


You can't miss it. Humming away in the corner of the petite harbour of Porto Vecchio like a giant blue and yellow bumblebee, the Mega Smeralda ferry is one of the first things you see on arrival to the home of the Tour de France in the build-up to the Grand Depart on Saturday.

The functional home of the Tour de France on Corsica is actually on the boat. Due to Corsica's lack of large civic facilities that usually host the organisational metropolis of the race, like gymnasia and school halls, organisers ASO took the decision to keep everything afloat in the Mediterranean.

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