A guide to the Tour de France
A stage by stage guide to the 2018 Tour de France, which begins with a Grand Départ in the Vendée. Details of the first four stages are already known, and the rest will be announced on 17th October 2017.
Stage 1 begins in Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile on Saturday 7th July 2018, and crosses to the mainland. (This was originally due to be on the Passage du Gois, but after the race was put back a week, low tide no longer came at a convenient time. A different crossing will therefore be used). 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 the stage winner to take the yellow jersey.
Read about Stage 1, Tour de France 2018.
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
It's a racing certainty that there'll be a bunch sprint to decide the
winner. The yellow jersey could change hands.
Read about Stage 2, 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. Read about Stage 3, Tour de France 2018.
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.
2nd March 2017
The 2018 Grand Départ will take place in the Vendée in western France, it was announced on 28th February 2017.
Stage 1 begins in Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile on 30th June 2018, and crosses the Passage du Gois causeway. Christian Prudhomme described the Passage du Gois as a place imbued with magic. 'It's particular aesthetic stems from the coming and going of the tides, which orchestrate the disappearance and rebirth of this bit of road linking the Ile de Noirmoutier with the continent.'
All the news about the UCI World Championships 2019 in Yorkshire, which takes place in September 2019, with Harrogate the principal host town.
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The 2019 Tour de France is to start in Brussels, the race organisers announced on 30th May 2017.
23rd July 2017
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.
The stages of the 2017 Tour de France, with a highlights video of the action for each day.
24th July 2016
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.
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