The 2018 Tour de France gets under way on Saturday with a 201-kilometre flat stage from Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile to Fontenay-le-Comte. The 105th Tour de France is coming up as riders prepare for the most popular of cycling’s three Grand Tours.
Defending champion Chris Froome will line up as the strong favourite after three Grand Tour wins on the bounce. He also saw an anti-doping investigation into his use of asthma drug salbutamol dropped in the week before the race, per BBC Sport.
The Englishman is going for his fifth Tour de France win and will be tough to beat. His extraordinary triumph at the Giro d’Italia back in May means he holds all three Grand Tours at the same time, and is enjoying a quite spectacular run of form.
When is the 2018 Tour de France?
The Tour de France begins July 7 in the Vendée department, in the Pays de la Loire region, before concluding on July 29 at the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
2018 Tour de France standings, results
The standings and stage results will be updated when the Tour de France beings on July 7.
How to watch the Tour de France live
You can watch live TV coverage of the 2018 Tour de France on NBC Sports. You can also live stream the Tour de France on nbcsports.com or the NBC Sports app with NBC Sports Gold’s Cycling Pass. A subscription for Cycling Pass costs $49.99 and runs from June 7, 2018-June 10, 2019.
You can also live stream the Tour de France with fuboTV (7-day free trial).
What are the Tour de France stages?
The route of the 2018 Tour de France includes 21 stages that cover 2,069 miles (3,329 kilometers). There are nine flat stages, four hilly stages, six mountain stages, one team time-trial stage, one individual time trial stage and two rest days. Here is a complete list of each stage with results.
The 2018 Tour de France begins in the Vendée department of France for the fifth time. It will also feature a section of unpaved roads on the Plateau des Glières for the first in 60 years.
This year’s Tour will cover 3,351 kilometres and, aside from a 15-kilometre foray into Spain on Stage 16, takes place exclusively in France.
See below for Tour de France 2018 all 21 stages:
An in-depth look at every stage and a full schedule can be found on the Tour’s official website.
Eurosport and ITV4 will show live action of every stage for UK viewers. Meanwhile, viewers in the United States will be able to follow the race via NBC Sports.
Whoever rides into Paris on July 29 wearing the yellow jersey and is crowned winner of the 2018 Tour de France will take home €500,000 (£443,000) from a prize pot worth over €2 million (£1.8 million).
Michelle Arthurs-Brennan of Cycling Weekly provided a full breakdown of the remuneration at the Tour.
It will come as something of a surprise if it is not Froome, 33, walking away with top prize after Stage 21, but in the world of Grand Tour cycling nothing is guaranteed.
The only year in the last five when the Team Sky man has not won the Tour was 2014, when Vincenzo Nibali finished in yellow.
Froome had to abandon that edition of the Tour on Stage Five and Richie Porte stepped into the role of team leader for Sky.
Now riding for BMC, Australian Porte should be a key competitor for Froome in the general classification this year.
Rigoberto Uran and Romain Bardet completed the podium behind Froome last year and will again be eager to compete for the yellow jersey, as will Movistar’s Nairo Quintana.
The Colombian’s team-mate, Mikel Landa, could also be in the mix having spent the last two Tours riding as a domestique for Froome at Team Sky.
However, Froome and Sky have been dominant in the race over the last few years and the likes of Porte, Uran, Landa, Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin and Mitchelton–Scott’s Adam Yates will need to be at their best if they are to challenge this year.