Almost all of the best cyclist will be present at the start of the 105st Tour de France. Some of the top names are Chris Froome, Richie Porte, Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa, Vincenzo Nibali and Tom Dumoulin. But who will win the battle for the yellow jersey? And which rider is favourite to win the ..
TOUR DE FRANCE
The Tour de France is an annual bicycle race which is held mostly in France. During some of the editions the Tour does enter other countries but the race is always mainly focused on France. The Tour de France is one of the highlight of the cycling season together with the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta. The Tour de France is only for man and consist of 21 stages which the peloton will ride in a total of just over 3 weeks. In 2018 the peloton will ride the 105th edition of the Tour de France, which takes them from the island Île de Noirmoutier (July 7) to the Champs-Élysées in Paris (July 29). Below you will find out more about the standings, stages, parcour and the favourites.
STANDINGS TOUR DE FRANCE (TOP 10 RIDERS)
Chris Froome won the Tour de France in 2017 and also Rigoberto Urán and Romain Bardet made it one the podium. All these riders will also start in this year’s edition of the Tour and because of this they will be favourites for top positions at the end of the just over three weeks. Because of this they are all expected to get into the top 10 this year. Visit this page for more information about the Tour de France Standings and Results.
|1.||Team Sky||Geraint Thomas||-||70:34:11|
|2.||Team Sunweb||Tom Dumoulin||-||1:51|
|3.||Team Sky||Chris Froome||-||2:24|
|4.||LOTTO NL - JUMBO||Primož Roglic||-||3:22|
|5.||LOTTO NL - JUMBO||Steven Kruijswijk||-||6:08|
|6.||AG2R LA MONDIALE||Romain Bardet||-||6:57|
|8.||UAE Team Emirates||Daniel Martin||-||9:05|
PARCOURS TOUR DE FRANCE 2018
The 105th Tour de France will start July 7 2018 on the island Île de Noirmoutier, which is located on the same height as Nantes. From this point on the peloton will encounter cobblestones, sprint stages, the Alpe d’HuZes, the Pyrenees and many more after arriving on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 29 2018. In the following table you will find the complete parcours of the Tour de France 2018. For each stage you can see where the start and finish is, how long the stage is (kilometres) and what kind of terrain they will encounter. Below the table you will find some more information about the conditions and places for each week. Click here to have a look at the total parcours of the Tour de France 2018 on the map.
|1||7-7-2018||Noirmoutier-en-l’Île – Fontenay-le-Comte||Flat||201,0|
|2||8-7-2018||Mouilleron-Saint-Germain – La-Roche-sur-Yon||Flat||182,5|
|3||9-7-2018||Cholet – Cholet||Team time trial||35,5|
|4||10-7-2018||La Baule – Sarzeau||Flat||195,0|
|5||11-7-2018||Lorient – Quimper||Hills||204,5|
|6||12-7-2018||Brest – Mûr de Bretagne||Hills||181,0|
|7||13-7-2018||Fougéres – Chartres||Flat||231,0|
|8||14-7-2018||Dreux – Amiens||Flat||181,0|
|9||15-7-2018||Arras – Roubaix||Cobblestones||156,5|
|10||17-7-2018||Annecy – Le Grand-Bornand||Mountains||158,5|
|11||18-7-2018||Albertville – La Rosière||Mountains||108,5|
|12||19-7-2018||Bourg-Saint-Maurice – Alpe d’Huez||Mountains||175,5|
|13||20-7-2018||Bourg d’Oisans – Valence||Flat||169,5|
|14||21-7-2018||Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux – Mende||Flat / Hills||188,0|
|15||22-7-2018||Millau – Carcassonne||Hills||181,5|
|16||24-7-2018||Carcassonne – Bagnères-de-Luchon||Flat / Mountains||218,0|
|17||25-7-2018||Bagnères-de-Luchon – Col de Portet||Mountains||65,0|
|18||26-7-2018||Trie-sur-Baïse – Pau||Flat||171,0|
|19||27-7-2018||Lourdes – Laruns||Mountains||200,5|
|20||28-7-2018||Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle – Espelette||Time trail (Hills)||31,0|
|21||29-7-2018||Houilles – Champs-Élysées (Parijs)||Flat||116,0|
PARCOURS WEEK 1; TOUR DE FRANCE 2018
During the first day of the Tour de France the peloton will start on the island Île de Noirmoutier. From this point the peloton will travel to the mainland over one of the bridges since the feared Passage du Gois has a bad reputation for being too slippery. During the Tour de France of 1991 half of the peloton crashed because of the risky roads. After arriving on the mainland the peloton will ride to Fontenay-le-Comte for probably a mass sprint. The winner of this sprint will be in the yellow jersey next day.
During the second day the peloton will travel from Mouilleron-Saint-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon. This is a fairly flat stage which means it is perfect for the sprinters again. After this stage there will be a team time trial on the schedule. This time trial lasts for 35 kilometres in and around Cholet. During this stage the riders will experience a flat terrain with a few small hills with a gradient of 5% maximum. This stage might be perfect for the better time trial riders like Dumoulin (Sunweb), Froome (Sky) and Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin).
Day four starts near the coast of France at a place called La Baule. From this place the peloton will ride to Sarzeau. During this ride they will experience a lot of flat terrain and some false flat. During the next day (Stage 5) the peloton will have to conquer some fairly small hills with a gradient up to 4,8%. Stage 6 will be more challenging because of a double climb up the steep Mûr-de-Bretagne.
At the end of Week 1 the Tour de France will leave Bretagne with two stages (7 and 8) which offers chances for the sprinters of the peloton. A few candidates for winning these stages are Kittel, Groenewegen, Kristoff, Greipel, Sagan and Cavendish. After these two stages the peloton will travel from Arras to Roubaix which will be a challenging stage because of the many kilometres of cobblestones. One of the favourites for this stage is Tony Martin since he won this stage in 2015. For the yellow jersey this will be an exciting stage since it’s not uncommon to crash or puncture a tire on these tricky roads.
PARCOURS WEEK 2; TOUR DE FRANCE 2018
After a day of rest the peloton will continue their journey from with a ride from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand. During this stage they will encounter the Col de la Croix Fry, Montée du Plateau des Gières, Col de Romme en Col de la Colombière and a long descent. Once this is done they will travel the next day from Albertville to the place Rosière, which is a popular ski-resort. To get over the finish the riders must complete three respectable climbs and a 18 kilometre absent to the finish line, which will ensure some excitement.
Stage 12 will take the riders from the Col de la Madeleine and the Col de la Croix de Fer to the L’Alpe d’Huez. During this stage the riders need to absent around 65+ kilometre with a total of 5.000 meters in height. We expect that this stage will get multiple riders in trouble.
The following stages will be more relaxed for the riders. We think both stage 13 and 14 will be one for the sprinters or riders that go on an adventure early during the race. The last stage of the week (15) will take the riders to Carcassonne while enjoying a 30 kilometre long descent.
PARCOURS WEEK 3; TOUR DE FRANCE 2018
During the last week of the Tour DE France 2018 the peloton will need to face three stages in the Pyrenees. During stage 16 the riders will finish (descent) in Bagnères-de-Luchon after climbing three steep hills in 70 kilometres. The next day will offer the peloton a short ride of 65 kilometres, but 38 kilometres of these are going up. This exciting stage will finish on the Col de Portet, after a steep 16 kilometre climb with a maximum gradient of 8,7%.
After these heavy stages the sprinters might get another chances during stage 18. This stage is fairly flat and finishes in Pau. Stage 19 will be another day for the climbers and the riders who are riding for the overall victory. During the stage the riders will travel from Aspin, Tourmalet, Aubisque to Laruns. During these iconic cols the riders will experience a total absent of 4.800 metres. The etappe will end with a 20 milometer descent which might be perfect for some of the absent-specialists.
The day before the finish in Paris the riders will face an individual time trial over 31 kilometres in the France part of the Basque Country. This stage will be perfect for Tom Dumoulin to win a stage and maybe to gain time on the other competitors for the overall standings.
Just like always the Tour de France will finish on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. This stage will start in Houilles and will last 116 kilometres with mainly flat terrain. One of the top favourites to win this stage is Dylan Groenewegen since he won this stage in 2017.
ATTENDING TEAMS 2018
Almost all of the best cyclist and teams will be present at the start of the Tour de France 2018. Some of the most popular names are Chris Froome (Team Sky), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Richie Porte (BMC) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). Below you will find a full overview of all the teams that compete during the Tour de France 2018. Click here to have a look at the starting list (riders and teams) for the 2018 edition of the Tour de France.
WORLD TOUR TEAMS
- New Lotto Soudal
- Quick-Step Floors
- Team Sunweb
- AG2R La Mondiale
- Astana Pro Team
- Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
- BMC Racing Team
- BORA – hansgrohe
- Dimension Data
- Groupama – FDJ
- Movistar Team
- Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
- Team Katusha – Alpecin
- Team Sky
- Trek – Segafredo
- UAE-Team Emirates
- Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
- Direct Energie
- Fortuneo – Samsic
- Wanty – Groupe Gobert
FAVOURITES TO WIN
There are multiple important favourites for the victory in the overall standings for the Tour de France 2018. The number one candidates are Chris Froome, Richie Porte and Nairo Quintana. In addition to these riders you should also keep a close eye on Tom Dumoulin, Vincenzo Nibali and Romain Bardet and Jakob Fuglsang. On top of these riders there are some outsiders which might get a shot for a podium place like Steven Kruijswijk, Bauke Mollema, Adam Yates, Rafal Majka, Wout Poels, Alejandro Valverde, Rigoberto Uran, Mikel Landa and Primoz Roglic. Below you will find some of the most important and interesting favourites with their odds to win;
- Chris Froome; 2.75
- Richie Porte; 4.25
- Nairo Quintana; 7.00
- Tom Dumoulin; 10.00
- Romain Barder; 15.00
- Geraint Thomas; 15.00
- Adam Yates; 21.00
- Bouwe Mollema; 67.00
- Wouter Poels; 151.00
FAVOURITES FOR THE POINTS CLASSIFICATION (GREEN JERSEY)
In addition to the overall standings there is one more important classification, the point classification. This classification exist since 1953 and awards the best rider with the green jersey. This jersey can be obtained by collecting points which the first 15th finishers will receive during every stage. The better position, the more points you will get. And the flatter the stage, the more points will be divided. In this way riders can be encouraged to compete in every stage to earn points for this special jersey. Some of the favourites to win this jersey during the 2018 Tour de France are;
- Peter Sagan; 1.44
- Fernando Gaviria; 4.50
- Dylan Groenewegen; 7.75
- Marcel Kittel; 11.50
- Michael Matthews; 11.50
- Mark Cavendish; 20.50
- Andre Greipel; 32.00
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