VeloNews Show: Is the 2018 TDF innovative or gimmicky? / Updated

Editor’s note: This VeloNews Show includes images from, BrakeThrough Media, Flickr Creative Commons, Wikimedia Commons, YouTube/Cycling Sports, YouTube/Le Tour de France, YouTube/UCI, YouTube/La Vuelta, YouTube/Gravel Guru.

Organizer ASO stunned the cycling world with an unusual Tour de France route for 2018. It has cobblestones, a super-short climbing stage, precious few time trial kilometers, and even a bit of dirt road. Is the Tour de France headed in the right direction with an innovative approach to spice up the race? Or, are these just gimmicks that detract from the Grande Boucle’s heritage?

Plus, we discuss the 2018 La Course route. ASO has found another climber-friendly route for the Women’s WorldTour race, but is one day enough for what should be the season’s marquee event?