The craziest and the biggest race of the world is around the corner! The 105th edition of the race, Tour de France 2018, will commence from July 7 in the Vendée region in North West France and will conclude in Paris on July 29. The race will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,351 kilometers. In India, DSport, will bring this prestigious race live for its viewers.

The 105th edition of the race will see the return of Alpe d’Huez, one of the race’s most legendary climbs and the Paris-Roubaix cobbles for the first time since 2015, and a 65km road stage in the Pyrénées. The 2018 Tour de France will include a total of 26 mountain climb. During the route of 21 stages, the riders will face six mountain stages – three of which feature summit finishes – one individual time trial, one team time trial, eight flat stages giving opportunities for the sprinters, and five moderately hilly stages, all for a total distance of 3229km.

This time to increase the excitement of the 65km stage 17 the organizers have introduced a grid style start which will favour those highest on general classification, in a twist that could light up what will be one of the shortest stages in the race’s history.

The route

  • 8 flat stages
  • 5 hilly stages
  • 6 mountain stages and 3 altitude finishes (La Rosière, Alpe d’Huez, Saint-Lary-Soulan col du Portet)
  • 1 individual time-trial
  • 1 team time-trial
  • 2 rest days

The geographic distribution will be as follows:

  • 12 in the Alps
  • 4 in the Massif central
  • 10 in the Pyrenees

Stages of the 2018 Tour de France route

1Saturday, July 7Noirmoutier-en-l’Île to Fontenay-le-Comte201km
2Sunday, July 8Mouilleron-Saint-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon182.5km
3Monday, July 9Cholet to Cholet35.5km (TTT)
4Tuesday, July 10La Baule to Sarzeau195km
5Wednesday, July 11Lorient to Quimper204.5km
6Thursday, July 12Brest to Mûr de Bretagne181km
7Friday, July 13Fougères to Chartres231km
8Saturday, July 14Dreux to Amiens181km
9Sunday, July 15Arras to Roubaix156.4km
Rest DayMonday, July 16Annecy
10Tuesday, July 17Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand158.5km
11Wednesday, July 18Albertville to La Rosière108.5km
12Thursday, July 19Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Alpe d’Huez175.5km
13Friday, July 20Bourg d’Oisans to Valence169.5km
14Saturday, July 21Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteuax to Mende188km
15Sunday, July 22Millau to Carcassonne181.5km
Rest DayMonday, July 23Carcassonne
16Tuesday, July 24Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon218km
17Wednesday, July 25Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan/Col-du-Portet65km
18Thursday, July 26Trie-sur-Baïse to Pau171km
19Friday, July 27Lourdes to Laruns200.5km
20Saturday, July 28Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle to Espelette31km (ITT)
21Sunday, July 29Houilles to Paris116km

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In India the channel to watch cycle racing is DSport.

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