The third stage leads cyclists from Strasbourg to Basel. You leave Strasbourg to go south along a cycle track laid along the river Ill, which flows through the Alsatian capital. The trail then follows the Bruche canal, which was built by Vauban to transport the red sandstone of the Vosges for the construction of the fortifications of Strasbourg. It comes out at Molsheim on the Alsatian Wine Road cycle trail. The Wine Route is a capricious serpentine which curves around the eastern slopes of the Vosges Mountains, peacefully winding round the mountains and passing through about a hundred wine producing villages.