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Stages of the Tour de France 2018

A stage by stage guide to the 2018 Tour de France, which begins with a Grand Départ in the Vendée, heads into Brittany, then goes north as far as Roubaix, before a transfer to the Alps. After the Alps, the race takes in the Rhône valley, then edges south west via Carcassonne to the Pyrenees. After the Pyrenees, there's an individual time trial to Espelette, and the traditional finish on the Champs-Elysées.

Stage 1, Tour de France 2018

Passage du Gois

Passage du Gois, by Tudre, Licence CC BY 2.0

Stage 1 begins in Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile on Saturday 7th July 2018, and crosses to the mainland via the Pont de Noirmoutier. (The race was originally due to use the Passage du Gois, but after the race was put back a week because of the football World Cup, low tide no longer came at a convenient time). The stage continues south east along the Vendée coast via les Sables-d'Olonne, where crosswinds could split the peloton. Then it veers inland to the finish in Fontenay-le-Comte. It's an opportunity for a sprinter to take the yellow jersey.

Read about Stage 1, Tour de France 2018.

Stage 2, Tour de France 2018

Château de Tiffauges

Château de Tiffauges, by Jibi44, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Stage 2 on Sunday 8th July 2018 starts in Mouilleron-Saint-Germain, and is an anti-clockwise route through the Vendée via Pouzauges, Montaigu, and Aizenay to la Roche-sur-Yon. This is a day out in the bocage vendéen. It's a racing certainty that there'll be a bunch sprint to decide the winner. The yellow jersey could change hands.

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Stage 3, Tour de France 2018



Stage 3 on Monday 9th July 2018 is a 35-km team time trial in the Maine-et-Loire département. The route starts and finishes at Cholet. It includes rhythm changes and a small hill, which means that all the teams will need to keep their concentration to the end.

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Stage 4, Tour de France 2018

La Baule

La Baule, by Arlenz Chen, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

Stage 4 starts from La Baule and heads east north east via Pontchâteau, Blain, and Nozay towards Brittany. The border with Brittany marks the end of the Grand Départ, and the details of the route in Brittany will be announced later.

Read about Stage 4, Tour de France 2018.

Stage 5, Tour de France 2018

View of Chateaulin

View of Châteaulin, by Moreau.henri, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Stage 5 is 203km from Lorient via Concarneau to Quimper. The first part of the route takes the riders north west, by or near the coast to Concarneau. The second half of the stage is inland into the Black Mountains, and involves five categorised côtes. This terrain resembles that of a Belgian Classic race. There's a short, sharp uphill section just before the finish in Quimper.

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More stages of the Tour de France 2018.

Tour de France 2018 news

UCI World Championships 2019 Yorkshire

UCI World Championships Yorkshire 2019 logo

All the news about the UCI World Championships 2019 in Yorkshire, which takes place in September 2019, with Harrogate the principal host town.

UCI World Championships 2019 Yorkshire: logo unveiled

10th May 2018

Yorkshire 2019 logo

With 500 days to go until the start of the 2019 UCI World Championships, Yorkshire 2019 Ltd yesterday unveiled its official logo.

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Grand Départ 2019 Brussels

Grand Place, Brussels

Grand Place, Brussels, by Andrew Smith, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The 2019 Tour de France is to start in Brussels, the race organisers announced on 30th May 2017.

Tour de France 2017 news

Groenewegen rules on Champs-Elysées, Froome wins Tour

23rd July 2017

Dylan Groenewegen

Dylan Groenewegen, by Jeremy-Gunther-Heinz-Jahnick, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto Jumbo NL) showed determination to take the wheel he wanted in the closing stages on the Champs-Elysées. He hit the front early and held on for his first Tour de France stage win, ahead of a fast-finishing André Greipel. Froome confirmed his overall Tour de France victory.

Stages of the Tour de France 2017

Col du Galibier

Col du Galibier, by Robbie Shade, Licence CC BY 2.0

The stages of the 2017 Tour de France, with a highlights video of the action for each day.

Tour de France 2016 news

Tour de France 2016 news: Greipel wins Stage Twenty-One, Hosking wins La Course

24th July 2016

André Greipel

André Greipel, by Nicola, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

André Greipel won Stage 21 on the Champs-Elysées today, coming round Alexander Kristoff, to cross the line first. Froome finished safely, to confirm his overall win. Earlier, Chloe Hosking won the women's race, La Course. Read about Greipel wins Stage 21, Tour de France 2016.

More Tour de France 2016 news, including stage reports.

Stages of the Tour de France 2016

Mont Saint-Michel

The stages of the Tour de France 2016.

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