Published by Lyn on 21 February 2015
Heather emailed from Australia to ask about stage 8 of the 2015 Tour de France from Rennes to Mûr-de-Bretagne in Brittany.
We are going to be on holiday from Australia when the Tour de France is on. We were thinking of trying to be in Rennes for the start of that stage. I am having trouble finding information on the starting time for this stage and also the location in Rennes that the race will leave from.
Any help is appreciated.
I wrote back:
The exact start times etc won't be posted on the official Tour de France site until closer to the time. However they are available here on a local website, Le Télégramme, which also has this basic route overview.
Another local site has this local French report with the following Rennes map.
It's saying the departure is 12.45, though this looks like a 'false' or processional start with the main or 'real' depart just outside the city centre. The caravan, however, will depart a good hour or so earlier.
Rennes will be busy so make sure you have your accommodation booked early, and aim to arrive roadside early as it can be crowded along the start route.
If you haven't already got somewhere to stay, then checkout my Tour de France accommodation page (I've also embedded the Brittany map below).
I hope that helps.
Any more questions, please just shout.