le Tour de France, 2018
7th July - 29th July, 2018
celebrating the tour de france, celebrating france
celebrating the tour de france, celebrating france
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.
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.
celebrating the tour de france
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.
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
It 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.
There will be:
time bonuses and points continue
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.
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:
the stages for 2018
[Note: blue links go to profile section on this page,
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
this year’s top ten seeded riders
last year (2017): the first ten riders
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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