Grand Départ of the 2018 Tour de France. Image: ASO

Grand Départ of the 2018 Tour de France. Image: ASO

Dates: July 7-29, 2018
Stages:
21
Grand Départ:
 Noirmoutier-en-l’Île, Vendée
Finish:
Paris, France
TV coverage (UK):
Eurosport, ITV4

The Tour de France 2018 route takes place almost entirely in France, with a very brief dip into Spain on stage sixteen.

The route will include an ascent of the Alpe d’Huez plus sections on the Paris-Roubaix cobbles which have not been visited since 2015 – and there will also be a short and sharp 65km stage in the Pyrénées.

The first three stages of the 2018 Tour de France will take place in Vendée. Two road opening stages will be followed by a 35 kilometre time trial.

The race will then head into Brittany, and the first uphill finish will take place on stage six on the Mûr de Bretagne on stage six.

Stage nine is expected to be a pivotal day, with a 154km route including 21.7km of cobbles, with a finish in Roubaix. Next there will be three days in the mountains, including a stage featuring Alpe d’Huez,

Moving to the Pyrénées the race will feature several more summit finishes, as well as a very short stage 17, at 65km finishing atop the Col-de-Portet.

The queen stage will be stage 19 – a 200km route taking in the Col d’Aspin, Col du Tourmalet, and Col d’Aubisque.

The penultimate day will feature a time trial of 31km between Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle and Espelette, before the finale parade to the Champs-Élysées.

Read more about the Tour de France route for 2018 here.

Stages of the 2018 Tour de France

Stage Date Start/Finish Distance
1 Saturday, July 7 Noirmoutier-en-l’Île to Fontenay-le-Comte 189km
2 Sunday, July 8 Mouilleron-Saint-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon 183km
3 Monday, July 9 Cholet to Cholet 35km (TTT)
4 Tuesday, July 10 La Baule to Sarzeau 192km
5 Wednesday, July 11 Lorient to Quimper 203km
6 Thursday, July 12 Brest to Mûr de Bretagne 181km
7 Friday, July 13 Fougères to Chartres 231km
8 Saturday, July 14 Dreux to Amiens 181km
9 Sunday, July 15 Arras to Roubaix 154km
Rest Day Monday, July 16 Annecy
10 Tuesday, July 17 Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand 159km
11 Wednesday, July 18 Albertville to La Rosière 108km
12 Thursday, July 19 Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Alpe d’Huez 175km
13 Friday, July 20 Bourg d’Oisans to Valence 169km
14 Saturday, July 21 Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteuax to Mende 187km
15 Sunday, July 22 Millau to Carcassonne 181km
Rest Day Monday, July 23 Carcassonne
16 Tuesday, July 24 Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon 218km
17 Wednesday, July 25 Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan/Col-de-Portet 65km
18 Thursday, July 26 Trie-sur-Baïse to Pau 172km
19 Friday, July 27 Lourdes to Laruns 200km
20 Saturday, July 28 Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle to Espelette 31km (ITT)
21 Sunday, July 29 Houilles to Paris 115km

Tour de France: 2017 race

Chris Froome (Team Sky) wins his fourth Tour de France title

Chris Froome (Team Sky) won his fourth Tour title at the 2017 race, rolling in to Paris in the yellow jersey – his nearest rival Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) 54 seconds back with Frenchman Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) over two minutes adrift.

The British rider appeared unshaken by attacks on the final day in the mountains, on stage eighteen, and a third place on the penultimate stage – a time trial in Marseille – sealed the detail.

Previous to a GC shake up on stage seventeen, Froome’s nearest rival had been Fabio Aru (Astana) who put in an explosive attack towards the end of stage 12 to take the yellow jersey.

Aru – with no team mates around him – appeared to struggle from stage 14 onwards.

Before the Italian’s stage 12 attack, Froome (Team Sky), had laid claim to the lead on stage five when a group of GC contenders chased Aru’s winning break on the final climb.

Initially, Geraint Thomas wore yellow having won the opening time trial – he held on to it for several days and looked in strong form for his true role as domestique – but a crash on stage nine saw him out of the race, along with GC contender Richie Porte (BMC).

The battle for the green jersey appeared to be well and truly on after serial wearer Peter Sagan and potential contender Mark Cavendish both left the race. Sagan’s protruding elbow caused the Manxman to crash hard into the race barriers.  The elbow owner was subsequently disqualified from the race whilst Cav’s broken shoulder prevented him from continuing.

However,  a clear leader was appointed in the shape of Marcel Kittel. The German sprinter claimed five wins – on the secondsixthseventh, tenth and eleventh stages, but crashed out on stage seventeen, leaving Michael Matthews of Team Sunweb to take up the mantle.

British rider Simon Yates (Orica Scott) has a firm grasp on the young rider jersey, with a gap of almost three minutes to his nearest rival.

2017 General classification after final stage

1. Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky, 86-20-55
2. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac, at 54 secs
3. Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale, at 2-20
4. Mikel Landa (Esp) Team Sky, at 2-21
5. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana, at 3-05
6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors, at 4-42
7. Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott, at 6-14
8. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates, at 8-20
9. Alberto Contador (Esp) Trek-Segafredo, at 8-49
10. Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb, at 9-25

Points classification winner: Michael Matthews (Sunweb)

Mountains classification winner: Warren Barguil (Sunweb)

Young rider classification winner: Simon Yates (Orica-Scott)

Team classification: Team Sky

Key info: 2017 Tour route | Start list | TV guide | Past winners | Brief history | Jerseys | Brits in the Tours

Previous editions: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

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