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

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) leads the Tour de France, having attacked a group of GC contenders to win stage 11.

Before Thomas took over the maillot jaune, it sat on the shoulders of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), following a team time trial win from the squad on stage three.

Olympic champion Van Avermaet joined a successful breakaway on stage ten, to extend his lead to 2 minutes 22 seconds – but Thomas ate that up with ease as the BMC rider dropped back in the mountains on stage 11.

The same stage saw sprinters Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha–Alpecin) eliminated for missing the time cut-off.

The most notable GC abandonment came from Richie Porte (BMC Racing) who crashed in the opening 10 kilometres of stage nine, and Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) lost time on the same stage following a crash.

Tour de France 2018 general classification after stage 11

1 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky, in 44-06-16
2 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky, at 1-25
3 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb, at 1-44
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 2-14
5 Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 2-23
6 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 2-40
7 Mikel Landa (Esp) Movistar Team, at 2-56
8 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale, at 2-58
9 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team, at 3-16
10 Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates, at same time

Tour de France 2018: as it happened

Tour de France 2018, stage 11: Albertville to La Rosière (108.5km)

Great Britain’s Geraint Thomas celebrates as he crosses the finish line (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP)

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) won stage 11 of the Tour de France, also moving into the yellow jersey.

Thomas passed solo breakaway rider Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) within the final kilometre, after attacking an elite group of climbers.

Second place went to Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), who had gone clear earlier in the stage (to be passed by Thomas) with Chris Froome (Team Sky) third.

Tour de France 2018, stage 10: Annecy to Le-Grand-Bornand (158.5km)

Julian Alaphilippe celebrates his spectacular victory on stage 10 of the Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) won the stage, whilst Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) extended his GC lead.

Both riders were part of a breakaway that went early, building up a gap of six minutes going into the penultimate climb.

On the final climb, the Frenchman was able to extend a lead over his escapee companions, whilst Van Avermaet finished 1-39 ahead of the group of GC contenders.

Tour de France stage nine: Arras to Roubaix (156km)

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) wins stage nine of the Tour de France (Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

The crash ridden stage nine was won by John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), ahead of his two breakaway companions – Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) and Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) in second and third respectively.

Van Avermaet maintained the leader’s jersey, though his team mate and BMC’s GC hopeful Richie Porte crashed and was forced to abandon the race.

Read the full report from stage nine

Tour de France 2018, stage eight: Dreux to Amiens-Métropole, 181km

Dylan Groenewegen wins stage eight (Photo MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) won again on stage eight in Amiens, without a leadout mad as Tim Roosen crashed alongside Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) with 20km to go.

Read the full report from stage eight

Tour de France 2018, stage seven: Fougères –  Chartres (231km)

Dylan Groenewegen wins stage seven of the 2018 Tour de France (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) won stage seven of the 2018 Tour de France, went against Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step) in a wheel-to-wheel battle to take the win.

The GC contenders stayed safely in the bunch, so there were no major changes in the overall standings.

Read the full report from stage seven

Tour de France 2018, stage six: Brest to Mûr de Bretagne, 181km

Dan Martin takes victory on stage six of the Tour de France (Image: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) took the win on stage six, attacking uphill with a kilometre to go.

The majority of the GC rider’s finished together, three seconds behind. However, Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) lost 31 seconds after a late puncture and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) lost 53 seconds, also chasing on after a flat.

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) finished in the group at three seconds to maintain his race lead.

Read the full report from stage six here

Tour de France 2018, stage five: Lorient to Quimper (204.5km)

Peter Sagan wins stage five of the 2018 Tour de France (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won for the second time in this Tour de France, proving himself the fastest on an uphill finish to Quimper.

Team Sky controlled the front of the bunch on the climb, and Sagan followed moves from Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) and yellow jersey Greg Van Avermaet (BMC).

A reduced group approached the final few hundred metres, and no one was able to follow Sagan.

Van Avermaet retained the yellow jersey after finishing safely in the bunch, while the main GC favourites all finished with the front group. Alejandro

Read the full report here

Tour de France 2018, stage four: La Baule to Sarzeau (195km)

Fernando Gaviria takes victory on stage four of the 2018 Tour de France(Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Stage four of the Tour de France 2018 went to Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) who out-sprinted Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal).

A breakaway made the peloton work hard to catch them, but was ultimately unsuccessful.

The yellow jersey staged on the shoulder of BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet who finished safely in the bunch to maintain his lead.

Read the full report from stage four of the Tour de France here

Tour de France 2018 stage three, Cholet – Cholet (35.5km, TTT)

BMC Racing finish their effort on the team time trial of the third stage of the 2018 Tour de France (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

BMC proved to be the fastest TTT squad on stage three, beating Team Sky by 4 seconds with a time of 38-46 over the 35.5km course.

Quick-Step Floors were third, 7s slower and the result put BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet into the yellow jersey position.

View the full report from stage three of the Tour de France 2018 here

Tour de France 2018 stage two, Mouilleron-Saint Germain – La Roche-Sur-Yon (182.5km)

Peter Sagan in yellow after stage two of the 2018 Tour de France. Image: Sunada

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) sprinted to the win at the end of stage two, moving into the yellow jersey.

Sagan managed to avoid a crash in the final 2km, which took down yellow jersey wearer and stage one winner, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step).

Read the full report from stage two of the Tour de France 2018 here

Tour de France 2018 stage one, Noirmoutier-En-l’Île – Fontenay-Le-Comte, 201km

Fernando Gaviria wins stage one of the 2018 Tour de France. Image: Philippe Lopez/Getty

A sprint finish allowed Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) to showcase his sprinting legs at the end of the opening stage of the Tour de France.

What should have been a bunch finish yielding few time gaps among the GC contenders became more impactful with crashes and mechanicals in the last 5km.

There were resulting time losses for the likes of Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) who lost 51 seconds and 1-15 respectively.

Read the full report from stage one of the Tour de France 2018 here

Tour de France 2018 route

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.

Tour de France 2018 stages

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 2018 contenders

tour de france 2018 contenders

Chris Froome on stage 21 of the 2017 Tour de France. Photo by Yuzuru Sunada

Defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) will race once again, if he’s successful he’ll claim his fifth victory at the French race.

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) – fresh from his win at the Critérium du Dauphiné – will be Froome’s right hand man, and could take over leadership should Froome falter.

Aiming to stop the Team Sky stars will be the likes of Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Richie Porte (BMC Racing).

Adam Yates (Mitchelton Scott) will be targetting the GC, after his twin brother Simon Yates (also Mitchelton Scott) was given the responsibility of the Giro.

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

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