The route

Running from Saturday July 7th to Sunday July 29th 2018, the 105th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,329 kilometres.

The 2018 Tour de France will include a total of 25 mountain climbs or hills and altitude finishes ranked in second, first of HC class.

The geographic distribution will be as follows:

On the last three editions of the race, the total was as follows:
25 in 2015, 28 in 2016 et 23 in 2017.

Distinctive aspects of the race

ALMOST 100 % FRENCH

Except for a short visit of around 15 kilometres in Spain during stage 16 between Carcassonne and Bagnères-de-Luchon, the 105th Tour de France will never go out of the borders of France. 36“départements” will be travelled through and the Basque country that hadn’t been visited since 2006 will once again be on the map of the Tour.

THE COBBLES RETURN

During the 9th stage, Arras > Roubaix, there will be 21.7 kilometres of cobbled roads. The riders will take on a total of 15 sectors with lengths varying from 500m to 2.7 kilometres.

TIME-TRIALS: TTT AND ITT

Like it was the case last summer in Marseille, the winner of the 105th edition should be crowned after the 20th and penultimate stage, a time-trial between Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle and Espelette on a distance of 31 kilometres. After a three-year absence, a team time-trial of 35 kilometres will also be on the menu during stage 3 in Cholet.

176 AT THE START

Based on a decision taken by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), each one of the 22 teams taking part in the Tour will, in 2018, be formed of 8 riders. There will therefore be a total of 176 riders present at the Grand Départ in Vendée Pays de la Loire.

3, 2, 1 BONUS …

It’ll be an innovation: from the Grand Départ until and including the 9th stage, 3, 2 and 1 bonus seconds will be awarded to the first three who reach a specific kilometre of the course determined in advance. It will have no incidence however on the points classification.

… AND 10, 6, 4 EXTRA BONUS

More conventional: 10, 6 and 4 bonus seconds will be taken off the overall times of the first three of each normal stage of the Tour (except for time-trials).

There will be 9 locations or stage cities visited for the first time out of 39:

Stage Type Date Start and Finish Distance Details
1 Flat Saturday, July 7, 2018 Noirmoutier-en-l'Île / Fontenay-le-Comte 189 km Stage 1
2 Flat Sunday, July 8, 2018 Mouilleron-Saint-Germain / La Roche-sur-Yon 183 km Stage 2
3 Team Time-Trial Monday, July 9, 2018 Cholet / Cholet 35 km Stage 3
4 Flat Tuesday, July 10, 2018 La Baule / Sarzeau 192 km Stage 4
5 Hilly Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Lorient / Quimper 203 km Stage 5
6 Hilly Thursday, July 12, 2018 Brest / Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan 181 km Stage 6
7 Flat Friday, July 13, 2018 Fougères / Chartres 231 km Stage 7
8 Flat Saturday, July 14, 2018 Dreux / Amiens Métropole 181 km Stage 8
9 Hilly Sunday, July 15, 2018 Arras Citadelle / Roubaix 154 km Stage 9
- Rest Day Monday, July 16, 2018 Annecy Rest 1
10 Mountain Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Annecy / Le Grand-Bornand 159 km Stage 10
11 Mountain Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Albertville / La Rosière Espace San Bernardo 108 km Stage 11
12 Mountain Thursday, July 19, 2018 Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs / Alpe d'Huez 175 km Stage 12
13 Flat Friday, July 20, 2018 Bourg d'Oisans / Valence 169 km Stage 13
14 Hilly Saturday, July 21, 2018 Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux / Mende 187 km Stage 14
15 Hilly Sunday, July 22, 2018 Millau / Carcassonne 181 km Stage 15
- Rest Day Monday, July 23, 2018 Carcassonne Rest 2
16 Mountain Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon 218 km Stage 16
17 Mountain Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Bagnères-de-Luchon / Saint-Lary-Soulan 65 km Stage 17
18 Flat Thursday, July 26, 2018 Trie-sur-Baïse / Pau 172 km Stage 18
19 Mountain Friday, July 27, 2018 Lourdes / Laruns 200 km Stage 19
20 Individual Time-Trial Saturday, July 28, 2018 Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle / Espelette 31 km Stage 20
21 Flat Sunday, July 29, 2018 Houilles / Paris Champs-Élysées 115 km Stage 21

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