As befits cycling’s biggest race, we’ve covered the 2018 Tour de France route announcement extensively, from the five key stages to the cobblestones to our roundtable about how we see this race unfolding. So let’s boil down the news to the fundamentals. Here are some of the 2018 Tour’s key stats, as well as select route and climb profiles from the presentation.
3,329 kilometers in total, the shortest Tour since 2002
65km: Shortest road stage (stage 17)
231km: Longest road stage (stage 7)
The 21 stages
6 mountain stages
3 summit finishes (La Rosière, Alpe d’Huez, Saint-Lary-Soulan col de Portet)
1 individual time trial
1 team time trial
15 kilometers in Spain — otherwise the route is entirely on French soil.
21.7km of pavé in stage 9
15 sectors of cobblestones
500m: Shortest cobble sector
2.7km: Longest cobble sector
Key climbing stages