A guide to the Tour de France
17th October 2017
The route of the 2018 Tour de France was announced today in Paris. Highlights include a double ascent of the Mur de Bretagne on Stage 6, a return to Alpe-d'Huez on Stage 12, and a short (65km), sharp Pyrenean Stage 17.
Read about the Tour de France 2018 route announcement.
27th August 2017
Team Sky at Paris Roubaix 2014
It was decided to put back the Tour de France 2018 by a week, l'Equipe reported on 23rd July 2017. Originally scheduled to begin on Saturday 30th June 2018, the race will now start on Saturday 7th July 2018. The reason for the change is that the football World Cup is taking place in Russia until 15th July. Starting the Tour a week later means there are fewer days when the football and the bike racing happen at the same time.
One consequence of the new Grand Départ dates is that the riders won't be able to cross the Passage du Gois. The times of the tides on 7th July 2018 mean that it won't be possible, and a different route will be found.
According to Ouest France, the UCI has reduced the number of riders to eight per team, a measure that will apply not just to the Tour de France, but to all Grand Tours.
1st June 2017
Tour de France organisers ASO announced on Tuesday 30th May that the 2019 Tour de France will begin with a Grand Départ in Brussels. The race starts in the Belgian capital 50 years after Belgian rider Eddy Merckx won his first Tour.
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.'
The 2019 UCI World Championships are in Yorkshire, with Harrogate as the hub, where all the races finish.
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.
More Tour de France 2017 news.
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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