Welcome To Watch The 105th edition of the Tour de France is one of the shortest in recent years with a total distance of 3329km. The 21 days of racing includes a 35km team time trial on stage three, 15 sectors and 21.7km of Paris-Roubaix cobbles on stage 9, a classic finish at L’Alpe d’Huez after three days in the Alps, and then a grand finale of mountain stages in the Pyrenees, before the hilly 31km time trial on the final weekend will decide the winner of the yellow jersey.
Tour de France 2018 Live
(Jul 7, 2018 – Jul 29, 2018)
Stage 10 – the first mountain stage of the race – includes a section of dirt road on the Plateau des Glières. It is 100km from the finish but comes after a 6km climb at 11 per cent. Stage 17 to the summit of the Col de Portet is only 65km long but half of the stage is uphill. It is the shortest road stage of the 2018 Tour but could be one of the hardest. The sweeping 8.6km haul to the finish at the summit – some 2216 metres above sea level – has been described as a new Tourmalet.
There appears to be fewer opportunities for the sprinters in 2018. Eight stages classified as flat stages, but several of these could be affected by crosswinds and stage 9 includes the cobbles. Extra time bonuses of three, two and one seconds at key points on the road stages up to and including stage 9 could also inspire more aggressive racing. On stage 6 to Mur de Bretagne, the bonus seconds are awarded on the first passage of the steep climb, just 16 km from the finish back at the summit. Under the new UCI rules, the 22 teams will consist of only eight riders.
Race director Christian Prudhomme confirmed ASO’s desire to shake up the racing whenever possible.
“We especially wanted to emphasize stage variety and the routes that may prove decisive, combining legendary climbs with brand new ascensions or ultra-dynamic formats, to provide a vision of modern and inspired cycling,” Prudhomme said.Subcribe Now