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P is for Passage du Gois: The Ancient Causeway

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June 21, 2016 – For the letter P in our A-to-Z countdown to the 2016 Tour de France (#TDF2016) we’ve chosen the PASSAGE DU GOIS, an ancient causeway on the west coast of France that is only usable at low tide.

#PelotonShorts by John Wilcockson/Photo by Yuzuru Sunada

In this image from stage 2 of the 1999 Tour de France, the peloton has been split to pieces by the strong crosswinds, the slick stone surface of the causeway (shortly after the tide has receded) and a fierce pace set by the U.S. Postal Service team on the approach to the coast.

A crash on the Passage greatly delayed co-favorite Alex Zülle, whose group lost six minutes by the stage finish—which was won by sprinter Jaan Kirsipuu from race leader Lance Armstrong.

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