2018 Tour de France

Cadel Evans in Tour de France 2011

The Tour de France is known as the biggest race in world cycling and is one of the three grand tours, alongside the Vuelta a Espana and Giro d’Italia. The grand tours are the only races allowed to go for three week’s duration, and are the most prestigious.

The race around France began in 1903.

The full 2018 Tour de France route was announced on October 17, with the start of the race pushed back to July 7 due to the FIFA World Cup.

The race will start in the Vendée department, in the region of Pays de la Loire, with the first three stages featuring two flat ones and a Team Time Trial.

There will be six mountain stages, five hilly stages, three mountain top finishes, a stage on the cobblestones into Roubaix and an individual time trial to decide the winner of the race on Stage 20 before the ceremonial ride to Paris.

2018 Tour de France route

Stage no. Date Stage type Start Finish Distance
1 Sat Jul 7 Flat Noirmoutier-en-l’Île Fontenay-le-Comte 189km
2 Sun Jul 8 Flat Mouilleron-Saint-Germain La Roche-sur-Yon 183km
3 Mon Jul 9 Team Time Trial Cholet Cholet 35km
4 Tue Jul 10 Flat La Baule Sarzeau 192km
5 Wed Jul 11 Hilly Lorient Quimper 203km
6 Thu Jul 12 Hilly Brest Mur-de-Bretagne 181km
7 Fri Jul 13 Flat Fougeres Chartres 231km
8 Sat Jul 14 Flat Dreux Amiens Metropole 181km
9 Sun Jul 15 Flat – Cobblestones Arrax Roubaix 154km
Rest Day 1 Mon Jul 16 Annecy
10 Tue Jul 17 Mountains Annecy Le Grand-Bornand 159km
11 Wed Jul 18 Mountains Albertville La Rosiere Espace San Bernardo 108km
12 Thu Jul 19 Mountains Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs Alpe D’Huez 175km
13 Fri Jul 20 Flat Bourg d’Oisans Valence 169km
14 Sat Jul 21 Mountains Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux Mende 187km
15 Sun Jul 22 Hilly Millau Carcassonne 181km
Rest Day 2 Mon Jul 23 Carcassonne
16 Tue Jul 24 Hilly Carcassone Bagneres-de-Luchon 218km
17 Wed Jul 25 Mountains Bagneres-de-Luchon Saint-Lary-Soulan 65km
18 Thu Jul 26 Hilly Trie-Sur-Baise Pau 172km
19 Fri Jul 27 Mountains Lourdes Laruns 200km
20 Sat Jul 28 Individual Time Trial Saint-Pee-sur-Nievelle Espelette 31km
21 Sun Jul 29 Flat Houilles Paris 115km

2017 Tour de France

The 2017 Tour de France was won by Chris Froome of Team Sky. The Kenyan born British cyclist took out his fourth yellow jersey when the race finished in Paris on the evening of Sunday, July 23. The total winner’s time across 21 stages was 86 hours, 20 minutes and 55 seconds – almost three hours quicker than the race in 2016.

It follows Froome’s victories in 2013, 2015 and 2016, but this was his closest by a considerable distance. He finished just 54 seconds ahead of Cannondale-Drapac’s Colombian climber Rigoberto Uran, with Frenchman Romain Bardet hanging onto the final podium spot by just a single second, coming in at 2:20 down. Froome’s Sky teammate Mikel Landa finished at 2:21.

In the race for the sprinters (green) jersey, it looked like Marcel Kittel was going to take the crown with five stage wins. At one point, his lead was over 100 points. Australian Michael Matthews, riding for Team Sunweb managed to cut the gap back to just nine points through the mountains though, with Kittel then pulling out of the race after a crash.

Matthews finished the race on 370 points, 136 clear of German sprinter Andre Greipel, with the Lotto-Soudal sprinter not winning a stage.

The Australian’s Sunweb teammate, Frenchman Warren Barguil easily claimed the King of the Mountains jersey, finishing 69 points clear of Primoz Roglic, who himself won Stage 17.

Team Sky were ranked as the best team, finishing 7 minutes ahead of AG2R La Mondiale, the team of Romain Bardet while Orica-Scott rider and fellow Briton Simon Yates finished with the best young rider’s white jersey, finishing two minutes and six seconds ahead of South African Louis Meintjes.

2017 Tour de France route and stage winners

Stage Date Start Finish Distance Type Winner
1 Sat Jul 1 Dusseldorf Dusseldorf 13km ITT Geraint Thomas
2 Sun Jul 2 Dusseldorf Liege 202km Flat Marcel Kittel
3 Mon Jul 3 Verviers Longwy 202km Hilly Peter Sagan
4 Tue Jul 4 Mondorf-les-bains Vittel 203km Flat Arnaud Demare
5 Wed Jul 5 Vittel La planche des belles filles 160km Hilly Fabio Aru
6 Thu Jul 6 Vesoul Troyes 216km Flat Marcel Kittel
7 Fri Jul 7 Nuits-Saint-Georges Troyes 214km Flat Marcel Kittel
8 Sat Jul 8 Dole Station des rouses 187km Mountain Lilian Calmejane
9 Sun Jul 9 Nantua Chambery 181km Mountain Rigoberto Uran
rest Mon Jul 10 Dordogne
10 Tue Jul 11 Perigueux Bergerac 178km Flat Marcel Kittel
11 Wed Jul 12 Eymet Pau 202km Flat Marcel Kittel
12 Thu Jul 13 Pau Peyragudes 214km Mountain Romain Bardet
13 Fri Jul 14 Saint-Girons Foix 100km Mountain Warren Barguil
14 Sat Jul 15 Blagnac Rodez 181km Hilly Michael Matthews
15 Sun Jul 16 Laissac-Severac l’eglise Le Puy en Velay 189km Hilly Bauke Mollema
rest Mon Jul 17 Le Puy en Velay
16 Tue Jul 18 Le Puy en Velay Romans-sur-Isere 165km Michael Matthews
17 Wed Jul 19 La Mure Serre-Chevalier 183km Mountain Primoz Roglic
18 Thu Jul 20 Briancon Izoard 178km Mountain Warren Barguil
19 Fri Jul 21 Embrun Salon-de-Provence 220km Flat Edvald Boasson Hagen
20 Sat Jul 22 Marseille Marseille 23km ITT Maciej Bodnar
21 Sun Jul 23 Montgeron Paris Champs-Elysees 105km Flat Dylan Groenewegen

2017 Tour de France General Classification

Pos. Rider Country Team Time/Gap
1 Chris Froome Great Britain Team Sky 86:20:55
2 Rigoberto Uran Colombia Cannondale-Drapac + 0:54
3 Romain Bardet France AG2R La Mondiale + 2:20
4 Mikel Landa Spain Team Sky + 2:21
5 Fabio Aru Italy Astana + 3:04
6 Daniel Martin Ireland Quick-Step + 4:42
7 Simon Yates Great Britain Orica-Scott + 6:14
8 Louis Meintjes South Africa UAE Team Emirates + 8:20
9 Alberto Contador Spain Trek-Segafredo + 8:49
10 Warren Barguil France Team Sunweb + 9:25

Last updated: 18 October, 2017

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