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2018 Tour de France is just behind the corner and here are our key stages, top contenders, riders to watch, thoughts, predictions, comments… | Subscribe to Cycling Weekly here: https://www.youtube.com/user/CyclingWeekly1?sub_confirmation=1

Dates: July 7-29, 2018
Stages: 21
Grand Départ: Noirmoutier-en-l’Île, Vendée
Finish: Paris, France
TV coverage (UK): Eurosport, ITV4

The Tour de France 2018 route takes place almost entirely in France, with a very brief dip into Spain on stage sixteen.

The route will include an ascent of the Alpe d’Huez plus sections on the Paris-Roubaix cobbles which have not been visited since 2015 – and there will also be a short and sharp 65km stage in the Pyrénées.

The first three stages of the 2018 Tour de France will take place in Vendée. Two road opening stages will be followed by a 35 kilometre time trial.

The race will then head into Brittany, and the first uphill finish will take place on stage six on the Mûr de Bretagne on stage six.

Stage nine is expected to be a pivotal day, with a 154km route including 21.7km of cobbles, with a finish in Roubaix. Next there will be three days in the mountains, including a stage featuring Alpe d’Huez,

Moving to the Pyrénées the race will feature several more summit finishes, as well as a very short stage 17, at 65km finishing atop the Col-de-Portet.

The queen stage will be stage 19 – a 200km route taking in the Col d’Aspin, Col du Tourmalet, and Col d’Aubisque.

The penultimate day will feature a time trial of 31km between Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle and Espelette, before the finale parade to the Champs-Élysées.

Teams will start with eight-man squads – leading to a smaller peloton of 176 as opposed to the 198 of 2017 – this is thanks to a UCI decision made in June.

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ju_no_hands says:

Nice show and alternative to the GCN guys.

Phil Thompson says:

18:36 Froome's got five Grand Tour wins in his legs! I've counted six myself. 4 TDF, one Giro, one Vuelta.

Merijn Peter van Woudenberg says:

1. Roglic
2. Froome
3. Yates
4. Nibali
5. Uran

Aaron Householder says:

As of today we know Froome has been cleared & will race. I'll put it out there.
1. Froome, history, with an asterisk depending on your opinion.
2. Landa, out of Froome's shadow & those of his new teammates too.
3. Yates, the way MTS races aggressive, but unselfish I'd love to see this.
Dear Richie is the almost man even still. Nairo continues his passive style; top 10, but no win. Nibali is dangerous, but I think too much so.

Megie Debei says:

I don't allow you to do more ADHD countries☺☺☺☺☺

Bobster says:

15:15 "but if he does win, that'll be winning 4 Grand Tours in a row, which would be just unheard of" That's what doping does to you

S Jun says:

1st stage, category 4 climb, 700m in height? NO

heytreacle says:

Paul- what have you got?.. a print out I’m going to proceed to awkwardly mangle every time I read from it.

Greg Crezee says:

Wow! The ASO is going for the blocking of Team Sky. I'm torn about it myself. On the one hand, yes Chris is.. Legally allowed to race. But, I look at ASO 's position as well. There is a 50% chance he can be found guilty, and yes a 50% chance he can be innocent. That being said. No Team, Nor Individual is bigger than the race! It's a tough call. Me personally, if it was my race, I couldn't allow someone who has a 50% chance of being found guilty. The domino effect would be devastating. Considering I can stop it.. Before it happens! Why should the Organizers take that risk? If he's found innocent, great, you come back next year. Can't wait to hear the outcome.

ajdobbin85 says:

Can I ask where Paul got his t-shirt from? Wouldn’t mind getting myself one

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