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le Tour de France, 2018

7th July - 29th July, 2018

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celebrating france
celebrating the tour de france
2018 tour de france route
safety for the riders - a video
the stages for 2018
this year’s t-shirts
the teams, and team jerseys/colours
this year’s top ten seeded riders
last year (2017): the first ten riders
mountain stages, uphill and summit finishes
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The Grand depart 2018  - the department of Vendee

From Saturday 7st July to Sunday 29th July, 2018, the 105th Tour de France will race 21 stages, covering a distance of 3,351 kilometres. This year's race is being held entirely in France, except for a short visit of around 15 kilometres in Spain during stage 16 between Carcassonne and Bagnères-de-Luchon.

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This year's Tour visits three world heritage sites - Chartres, Amiens, Carcassonne, on the 100th anniversary of its end one of the regions ravaged during WW1 (stages 8 and 9), the highest bridge in the world (when it was finished in 2004), and very special towns that show some of the distinctive culture of south-west France.

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A first tricky week, starting in the départment of Vendée on the Atlantic coast, a bit north of the Ile de Ré and the Ile d'Oleron, and then two weeks with lots of mountains, the 2018 Tour will be a very technical race. Chris Froome and Romain Bardet have said they appreciate this route. Note that is expected that Froome will ride, despite attempts to ban him for supposed drug use.

The first nine days is pretty well all on the plain. However, this long week is being made more interesting by several 'diversions'. There's a team time trial on stage 3; two laps of the steep though short Mùr-de-Bretagne on stage 6; while for the first time in over 60 years, a huge dose of cobbles - 21.7 km/13. mi of pavés over 15 sectors on stage 9.

Profile for the paves on stage 9
Profile for the paves on stage 9

The following two weeks will be very technical with lots of mountains, though only three summit finishes, and ending with an grueling individual time trial of 35 kilometres on the narrow slopes of the French Basque Country. The Tour 2018 promises to be as open as it is undecided.

2018 tour de france route

La Vuelta 2012 - race mapIt appears that five years under former President Hollande has not helped the local economies of towns and cities in anywhere but the known 'rich' areas of France - the north-west and north coasts, the Alps near Switzerland, the tourist haunts and traps. Thus, there are great swathes of France from tha Atlantic to the Belgian and German borders which will not be visited by the Tour. Only thirty-six of France's 96 mainland departements will be visited. This is reminiscent of several Vueltas a Espana, where much of the country was avoided as the country wobbled towards bankcruptcy. The worst year was 2012 when Madrid was the most southern town visited. The following years gradually extended their reach.

Route map of the 2018 Tour de France

There will be:

  • 8 flat stages
  • 5 hilly stages with 1 hilltop finish (stage 6 Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan)
  • 6 mountain stages with 3 summit finishes (stage 10 La Rosière, stage 12 Alpe d’Huez, stage 17 Saint-Lary-Soulan col du Portet)
  • 1 individual time trial stage
  • 1 team time trial stage
  • 2 rest days

    The 2018 Tour de France includes a total of 26 mountain or hill climbs and altitude finishes ranked in second, first or HC class.
    Of these 12 are in the Alps, 4 in the Massif Central, and 10 in the Pyrenees.

    There will be nine towns not visited before by the Tour de France:

  • Fontenay-le-Comte (finish of stage 1)
  • Mouilleron-Saint-Germain (start of stage 2)
  • Sarzeau (finish of stage 4)
  • Dreux (start of stage 8)
  • La Rosière (finish of stage 11)
  • Trie-sur-Baïse (start of stage 18)
  • Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle (start of stage 20)
  • Espelette (finish of stage 20)
  • Houilles (start of stage 21)

time bonuses and points continue

Reintroduced in 2015, time bonuses will be awarded at the finish of 'normal', flat, stages. These bonuses are 10, 6 and 4 seconds for the first three in each stage.

The points system is said to add value to the stage wins, and to encourage more competition earlier on in the race. Points are awarded both for intermediate sprints during a stage, and at the stage finish of every 'normal' stage.

The green jersey is awarded to the leader of the points classification. These points will be given out at the finishes of each stage as well as on the unique intermediate sprints of normal stages.
The spotty (polka dot) jersey is awarded to the leader of the best climbers’ classification, the King of the Mountains. Points are be awarded at the top of each Col or Côte and the three altitude finishes :

The 2018 route in 3D, 4:58 mins

safety for the riders - a video

Fed up with the brainless, self-centred behaviours of spectators along the route, with the usually dangerous consequences for the men racing, the Tour de France has produced the following short video:

Safety 'clip' 2018, 0:39 mins

the stages for 2018

[Note: blue links go to profile section on this page,
            yellow links go to associated pages at]

Flat stages, hilly/medium mountain stages, mountain stages, time trials, rest days
1 Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile > Fontenay-le-Comte 
Sat. 7 July [189 km / 117 mi]
12 Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs > Alpe d’Huez
Thurs. 19 July [175 km / 109 mi]
summit finsh : 1850 m
2 Mouilleron-Saint-Germain > La Roche-sur-Yon
Sun. 8 July [183 km / 114mi]
13 Bourg d’Oisans> Valence
Fri. 20 July [169 km / 105 mi]
3 Cholet > Cholet
Mon. 9 July [ 35 km/ 22 mi]
team time-trial (TTT)
14 Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux > Mende
Sat. 21 July [187 km / 116 mi]
4 La Baule > Sarzeau
Tues. 10 July [192 km / 119 mi]
15 Millau > Carcassonne
Sun. 22 July [181 km / 112 mi]
5 Lorient > Quimper
Tues. 11 July [203 km / 126 mi]
R rest day - Carcassonne
Mon. 23 July
6 Brest – Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan
Wed. 12 July [181 km / 112 mi}
16 Carcassonne > Bagnères-de-Luchon
Mon. 24 July [218 km / 135 mi]
7 Fougères > Chartres
Thurs. 13 July [231 km / 144 mi]
17 Bagnères-de-Luchon > Saint-Lary-Soulan (Col de Portet)
Wed. 25 July [65 km / 40 mi]
summit finish: 2215 m
8 Dreux > Amiens Métropole
Fri. 14 July [181 km / 112 mi]
17 Trie-sur-Baïse > Pau
Thurs. 26 July [172 km / 107 mi]
9 Arras Citadelle > Roubaix
Sun. 15 July [154 km / 96 mi]
19 Lourdes > Laruns
Fri. 27 July [200 km / 124 mi]
R rest day - Annecy
Mon. 16 July
20 Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle > Espelette
Sat. 28 July [31 km / 19 mi]
individual time-trial (ITT)
10 Annecy > Le Grand Bornand
Tues. 17 July [159 km / 99 mi]
21 Houilles > Paris Champs Elysées
Sun. 29 July [115 km / 71 mi]
11 Albertville > La Rosière
Wed. 18 July [108 km / 67 mi]
summit finish: 1855 m
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There will be 21 stages. These include 5 high mountain stages, 5 medium mountain/hilly stages, and two against-the-clock (stages 3 and 20) [contre-le-montre] time trials. There are 2 rest days (16th and 23rd July). All other days are 'on the plain' - relatively flat days, will be about 3,351 kilometres, or roughly 2,082 miles.

this year’s t-shirts

The TDF t-shirts this year are boring and dull, almost without exception. And the ^rices are daftly steep. Thus, there is nothing more to be said or worth showing.

the teams for 2018

There are twenty-two teams taking part in the 2018 Tour de France. As well as the eighteen “ProTeams”, UCI World Teams, four 'wildcard' teams have been invited:
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (Fra)
Direct Energie (Fra)
Fortuneo-Vital Concept (Fra)
Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Bel)

Mitchelton–Scott (MTS)

Bahrain–Merida (TBM)

Quick-Step Floors (QST)
Lotto Soudal (LTS)
* Wanty-Groupe Gobert (WGG)

AG2R La Mondiale (ALM)
* Cofidis, Solutions Credits (COF)
* Direct Energie (DEN)
Groupama–FDJ (GFC)
* Fortuneo–Samsic (FVC)

Bora–Hansgrohe (BOH)
Team Giant – Alpecin (TGA)
Team Sunweb (SUN)

Team Sky (SKY)

Lampre-Merida (LAM)

Astana (AST)

Team LottoNL – Jumbo (TLJ)

Team Dimension Data (DDD)

Moviestar Team (MOV)

IAM Cycling (IAM)
Katusha–Alpecin (KAT)

UAE Team Emirates (UAE)

BMC Racing Team (BMC)
EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale (EFD)
Trek – Segafredo (TFS)

team jerseys/colours

2018 TDF team jersey
2018 TDF team jerseys

this year’s top ten seeded riders

  Name Betting odds
at 2/7/18
UCI Team Code Nat. Comments
1 Chris FROOME 14/5 SKY GBR

32 y.o. Four time winner of the TDF (2017, 2016, 2015 and 2013). First in 2017 Vuelta, first in 2018 Giro and so the first man since Bernard inault in 1983 to hold all three winner's jerseys of the major three-week (grand Tour) races.
Froome's 1m 83/6ft 2 ins contributes to being a strong climber and time-trialer.
There are suggestions that the ban now by the TDF organisers, revoked a day later, was to increase the likelihood of a Frenchman on the podium this year (Romain Bardet).

2 Tom DUMOULIN 10/1 SUN NED Winner 2017 Giro; against the clock world champion; 1m85/69kg
3 Vincenzo NIBALI 8/1 TBM ITA Winner 2014 TDF; ridden in 18 grand Tour races.
4 Romain BARDET 12/1 ALM FRA 27 y.o. 2nd in 2016 TDF, being only the 6th Frenchman to make the TDF podium. France's great hope.
5 Nairo QUINTANA 6/1 MOV COL 28 y.o. Winner 2014 Giro and best young rider (White Jersey). Runner up to Froome in 2013 and 2015 TDF. However, hs only success last year was 12th in the 2017 TDF
6 Mikel LANDA 8/1 MOV ESP 28 y.o. From Basqueland; 4th in 2017 TDF. Won climber's jersey in 2017 Giro.
7 Rigoberto URAN 25/1 EFD COL

2nd in 2017 TDF

2015 Colombian time trial champion.


Richie PORTE

14/5 BMC AUS 33 y.o. Previously, riding with Chris Froome in Team Sky. With exceptionally strong climbing legs, which he could use to his advantage in the ITT of stage 20.
9 Adam YATES 12/1 MTS GBR 25 y.o. 4th and best young rider of 2016 TDF
10 Daniel MARTIN 50/1 UEA IRL

6th in 2017 TDF

last year (2017): the first ten riders

Position No. Name First name Team Nat. Time diff.
1 1 FROOME Chris SKY GBR 86h 20' 55"
2 41 URAN Rigoberto EFD COL + 54'
3 11 BARDET Romain AGR FRA +2' 20''
4 209 YATES Adam ORS GBR + 2' 21''
5 91 PORTE Richie BMC AUS + 3' 05''
6 12 MARTIN Daniel UEA IRL + 4' 42''
7 141 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin KAT ESP + 6' 14''
8 157 MEINTJES Louis LAM RSA + 8' 20''
9 184 MARTIN Daniel EQS IRL + 8' 49''
10 36 KREUZIGER Roman TNK CZE + 9' 25''
Overall winner FROOME Christopher 1 SKY GBR 86h 20' 55"'
(Yellow Jersey)
By points MATTHEWS Michael   SUN AUS 234 pts
(Green Jersey)


  SUN FRA 169 pts
(Polka dot Jersey)
Under 25


  ORS GBR 86h 27' 09"
(White Jersey)


  SUN FRA 86h 30' 20"
Team winner


GBR 259h 210' 06"

mountain stages, uphill and summit finishes

Stage 6, 12th July - Brest – Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan - the final 16 km

Sometimes called Brittany's Alpe d'Huez, the Mûr-de-Bretagne provides a 2 kilometres closing climb, averaging 6.9%. The first kilometre is the hardest at an average of almost 10%. This year the punchy hill will be attacked twice, the first sweep over the peak being the start of a 16 kilometre circuit back to a finish the summit.

last 2 km of stage 6 - le Mur-de-Bretagne
Stage 6 final 2 km

Stage 10, 17th July - Annecy to Le Grand Bornand [159 km / 99 mi]

Three Category 1 climbs and an Hors catégorie ascent during 158 km gives a tough day with many opporunities.

Profile stage 10
Stage 10 profile

Stage 11, 18th July - Albertville to La Rosière [108 km / 67 mi]

Right - two Hors catégorie climbs for starters, with a little Category 2 peak as a chaser, lead to the final Category 1 climb to the 1855m summit.

Stage 11 profile
Stage 11 profile

Stage 12, 19th July - Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs to Alpe d’Huez [175 km / 109 mi]

A grinding day of three Hors catégorie climbs, with a Category 2 climb for 'light relief''. The final climb is up the almost 14 km at 8.1% of the ralentless Alpe d'Huez.

Stage 12 profile
Stage 12 profile

Stage 16, 24th July - Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon [218 km / 135 mi]

An almost relaxing start, punctuated by a couple of Category 4 hills and a sprint, lead to a succession of fierce Pyrenean climbs.

Stage 16 profile
Stage 16 profile

Stage 17, 25th July - Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan (Col de Portet) [65 km / 40 mi]

Two category 1 climbs bracketing a sprint are the warm-up for the 16 km grinding climb to the 2215 m summit of the Col du Portet.

Stage 17 profile
Stage 17 profile

Stage 19, 27th July - Lourdes to Laruns [200 km / 124 mi]

Exhausting is a polite word for this day of a smörgåsbord of a sprint and six category climbs.

profile stage 19
Stage 19 profile

Stage 20, 20 July - individual time trial

French Basque mountain roads are winding, steep and beautiful. But the riders will have little time to look around on this highly technical stage - 30.8 km, of which 610 m is untarmacked track.

Stage 20, ITT Espelette to Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle [underlined place names link to related pages at]
Stage 20, ITT Espelette to Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle [underlined place names link to related pages at]

Stage 20 profile - ITT
Stage 20 profile - ITT

watch tdf broadcasts

The Tour de France is being televised throughout the world. The following table lists the broadcasters by country including those providing live broadcasts.

There is no indication whether or not the broadcasts are free to view.
Eurosport broadcasts are received in Britain as well as in mainland Europe.

Official TDF broadcasters, 2018
Official TDF broadcasters, 2018

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