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Will this be the Tour de France that has it all?

Over three weeks in July, the 2018 Tour will feature a multitude of captivating storylines, from the battle for the yellow jersey to the historical relevance (and controversial nature) of two other jersey competitions to the unorthodox stages dotting the French landscape. Could there finally be a French champion? This year presents the best opportunity in decades.

Should you watch the 2018 Tour de France? Absolutely, and here’s why:

Froome’s battle for history

Chris Froome can join the pantheon of five-time Tour de France winners this year, barring any legal action from the UCI for his Adverse Analytical Finding for salbutamol at the 2017 Vuelta a España (a race Froome won). As of now, the case had yet to be decided by the sport’s governing body, meaning Froome was free to compete.

The stories behind Froome’s chase for five are plenty. He is the best grand tour racer of this generation, always capable of mustering the strength to topple his talented rivals. He is smart and cunning and always seems to escape the trickiest stages unscathed.

Yet there are signs that Froome may be more vulnerable than ever. His unusual showing at the Giro d’Italia hinted that the Team Sky captain has perhaps lost a few watts — but he still managed to win. Will we see the typically dominant Froome in July? Is his British team, with its enormous payroll, capable of shepherding an imperfect champion to the podium’s top step?

Sagan’s quest for green

In 2017 Peter Sagan looked poised to win his sixth points competition and tie the all-time record set by sprinting ace Erik Zabel. Then, on stage 4, disaster struck. Sagan and rival Mark Cavendish bumped together in the chaotic sprint into Vittel — Cavendish crashed and Sagan was expelled. Was the race jury correct to kick cycling’s most popular rider out of the event? The entire sport debated that topic for months after the race.

Sagan is back in 2018 to right the wrongs of last year and attempt to win another green jersey. Can he do it? There are a group of new, hungry sprinters standing in his way.

The Tour gets creative

In the not-so-distant past, the Tour de France’s defining stages had become monotonous, formulaic slogs through the mountains. Day after day of 200-kilometer stages, featuring one monstrous climb after another, simply wore down the riders. The peloton had lost the pep to attack again and again.

The Tour had to get creative. This year the race has several stages that buck tradition. Stage 9 from Arras to Roubaix includes some of the most painful pavé sectors found at Paris-Roubaix, which will force the GC men to ride like the strong men of the spring classics. Stage 10 to Le Grand-Bornand includes a section of dirt road. And then there is stage 17, a 65-kilometer stage that includes three massive climbs. The short, painful day is sure to produce fireworks.

Has the Tour organizer’s creativity made the three-week race more compelling to watch, or simply brought gimmicks to the route? This year’s battle will give us definitive proof, one way or the other.

France’s next hero

Finally, we have Romain Bardet of Ag2r La Mondiale. For the past two decades, French fans have sought a new hero to win their home race. The list of would-be winners who failed to seize their chance is long: Cedric Vasseur, Richard Virenque, Christophe Moreau, Pierre Rolland, to name but a few.

Bardet looks poised to break through soon — he has finished on the podium the last two years. He can climb, he can descend, and he is whip-smart in the peloton. Is 2018 his year?

July is here. It’s the best month for racing in professional cycling. Tune in, follow along, and keep your eyes on VeloNews.com for the best stories from inside the action of the Tour de France.

STAGE DATE LOCATION DISTANCE REPORT
1 07/07/2018 Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile to Fontnay-Le-Comte 201km REPORT / PHOTOS
2 07/08/2018 Mouilleron-Saint-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon 182.5km REPORT / PHOTOS
3 07/09/2018 Cholet to Cholet 35.5km REPORT / PHOTOS
4 07/10/2018 La Baule to Sarzeau 195km REPORT / PHOTOS
5 07/11/2018 Lorient to Quimper 204.5km REPORT / PHOTOS
6 07/12/2018 Brest to Mur de Bretagne 181km REPORT / PHOTOS
7 07/13/2018 Fougeres to Chartres 231km REPORT / PHOTOS
8 07/14/2018 Dreux to Amiens 181km REPORT / PHOTOS
9 07/15/2018 Arras to Roubaix 156.5km REPORT / PHOTOS
10 07/17/2018 Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand 158.5km REPORT / PHOTOS
11 07/18/2018 Albertville to La Rosiere 108.5km REPORT / PHOTOS
12 07/19/2018 Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs to Alpe d'Huez 175.5km REPORT / PHOTOS
13 07/20/2018 Bourg d'Oisans to Valence 169.5km REPORT / PHOTOS
14 07/21/2018 Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Mende 188km DETAILS
15 07/22/2018 Millau to Carcassonne 181.5km DETAILS
16 07/24/2018 Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon 218km DETAILS
17 07/25/2018 Bagneres-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan 65km DETAILS
18 07/26/2018 Trie-sur-Baise to Pau 171km DETAILS
19 01/01/1970 Lourdes to Laruns 200.5km DETAILS
20 01/01/1970 Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle to Espelette 31km DETAILS
21 01/01/1970 Houilles to Paris 116km DETAILS
RankNameTeamTime
1THOMAS GeraintTeam Sky 53:10:38
2FROOME ChristopherTeam Sky1:39
3DUMOULIN TomTeam Sunweb 1:50
4ROGLIC PrimozTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2:46
5BARDET RomainAG2R La Mondiale3:07
6LANDA MikelMovistar Team3:13
7KRUIJSWIJK StevenTeam LottoNL-Jumbo3:43
8QUINTANA NairoMovistar Team4:13
9MARTIN DanielUAE-Team Emirates5:11
10FUGLSANG JakobAstana Pro Team5:45
11VALVERDE AlejandroMovistar Team9:07
12JUNGELS BobQuick-Step Floors9:09
13ZAKARIN IlnurTeam Katusha - Alpecin9:37
14NIEVE MikelMitchelton-Scott15:28
15LATOUR PierreAG2R La Mondiale16:41
16MARTIN GuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert18:39
17KANGERT TanelAstana Pro Team20:41
18BERNAL Egan ArleyTeam Sky23:30
19BARGUIL WarrenTeam Fortuneo - Samsic23:55
20MAJKA RafałBORA - hansgrohe30:46
21YATES AdamMitchelton-Scott36:18
22MOLLEMA BaukeTrek - Segafredo37:39
23IZAGIRRE IonBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team37:55
24PAUWELS SergeTeam Dimension Data38:43
25CARUSO DamianoBMC Racing Team39:18
26POZZOVIVO DomenicoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team41:11
27VAN AVERMAET GregBMC Racing Team44:46
28GESCHKE SimonTeam Sunweb 47:46
29ROLLAND PierreTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale49:40
30CALMEJANE LilianDirect Energie52:40
31GESINK RobertTeam LottoNL-Jumbo52:48
32VAN GARDEREN TejayBMC Racing Team53:26
33GAUDU David Groupama - FDJ53:40
34VICHOT ArthurGroupama - FDJ58:22
35MOLARD RudyGroupama - FDJ59:00
36IZAGIRRE GorkaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team59:24
37BOUET MaximeTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:03:17
38MOINARD AmaëlTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:04:03
39BERNARD JulienTrek - Segafredo1:04:59
40ALAPHILIPPE JulianQuick-Step Floors1:06:13
41ANDERSEN Søren KraghTeam Sunweb 1:06:52
42KOCHETKOV PavelTeam Katusha - Alpecin1:09:02
43CHAVANEL SylvainDirect Energie1:09:24
44FRANK MathiasAG2R La Mondiale1:09:28
45MARTINEZ Daniel FelipeTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:11:56
46KÜNG StefanBMC Racing Team1:11:57
47TEN DAM LaurensTeam Sunweb 1:12:07
48GILBERT PhilippeQuick-Step Floors1:12:46
49DURASEK KristijanUAE-Team Emirates1:13:16
50HERRADA JesúsCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:14:25
51VALGREN MichaelAstana Pro Team1:17:33
52PELLIZOTTI FrancoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:18:17
53NAESEN OliverAG2R La Mondiale1:18:24
54TOLHOEK AntwanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:18:29
55IMPEY DarylMitchelton-Scott1:19:09
56SLAGTER Tom-JelteTeam Dimension Data1:20:40
57NAVARRO DanielCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:20:52
58KWIATKOWSKI MichalTeam Sky1:21:07
59MINNAARD MarcoWanty - Groupe Gobert1:21:40
60SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe1:23:17
61POELS WoutTeam Sky1:23:23
62STUYVEN JasperTrek - Segafredo1:24:32
63ATAPUMA John DarwinUAE-Team Emirates1:24:38
64HAGA ChadTeam Sunweb 1:25:51
65AMADOR AndreyMovistar Team1:25:58
66EDET NicolasCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:26:34
67DE KORT KoenTrek - Segafredo1:27:46
68BOASSON HAGEN EdvaldTeam Dimension Data1:28:28
69DE GENDT ThomasLotto Soudal1:28:45
70CORT NIELSEN Magnus Astana Pro Team1:29:02
71DEGAND ThomasWanty - Groupe Gobert1:29:08
72ARNDT NikiasTeam Sunweb 1:29:45
73PASQUALON AndreaWanty - Groupe Gobert1:31:01
74BURGHARDT MarcusBORA - hansgrohe1:31:13
75FRAILE OmarAstana Pro Team1:32:30
76LUDVIGSSON TobiasGroupama - FDJ1:33:15
77BOUDAT ThomasDirect Energie1:34:17
78SICARD RomainDirect Energie1:34:40
79HANSEN JesperAstana Pro Team1:35:52
80SIMON JulienCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:36:00
81MARTENS PaulTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:36:12
82GESBERT ElieTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:36:21
83SKUJIŅŠ TomsTrek - Segafredo1:36:37
84BOSWELL IanTeam Katusha - Alpecin1:37:11
85VANENDERT JelleLotto Soudal1:37:22
86POLITT NilsTeam Katusha - Alpecin1:39:09
87JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data1:39:30
88DEGENKOLB JohnTrek - Segafredo1:39:54
89OFFREDO YoannWanty - Groupe Gobert1:40:13
90ERVITI ImanolMovistar Team1:40:18
91LAMPAERT YvesQuick-Step Floors1:40:33
92THEUNS EdwardTeam Sunweb 1:40:45
93KRISTOFF AlexanderUAE-Team Emirates1:41:56
94GOGL MichaelTrek - Segafredo,,
95VANMARCKE SepTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:41:58
96DILLIER SilvanAG2R La Mondiale1:42:35
97SOLER MarcMovistar Team1:42:58
98COLBRELLI SonnyBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:43:56
99MÜHLBERGER GregorBORA - hansgrohe1:44:26
100OSS DanielBORA - hansgrohe1:45:09
101POLJANSKI PawelBORA - hansgrohe1:45:33
102CASTROVIEJO JonathanTeam Sky1:46:31
103SMITH DionWanty - Groupe Gobert1:46:53
104HAYMAN MathewMitchelton-Scott1:47:38
105SCHAR MichaelBMC Racing Team1:47:42
106PICHON LaurentTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:48:27
107COUSIN JérômeDirect Energie,,
108KOREN KristijanBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:49:23
109MARCZYNSKI TomaszLotto Soudal1:49:30
110PEREZ AnthonyCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:49:57
111VACHON FlorianTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:50:23
112CLARKE SimonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:52:04
113VERMOTE JulienTeam Dimension Data1:52:16
114MOSCON GianniTeam Sky1:53:38
115HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:53:46
116BEVIN PatrickBMC Racing Team1:54:25
117MARCATO MarcoUAE-Team Emirates1:55:11
118DURBRIDGE LukeMitchelton-Scott1:56:17
119HARDY RomainTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:56:38
120BAUER JackMitchelton-Scott1:56:47
121LEDANOIS KévinTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:57:09
122HOWSON DamienMitchelton-Scott1:58:02
123SUTHERLAND RoryUAE-Team Emirates1:58:22
124DECLERCQ TimQuick-Step Floors1:58:33
125GERRANS SimonBMC Racing Team1:58:54
126PÖSTLBERGER LukasBORA - hansgrohe1:59:09
127LE GAC OlivierGroupama - FDJ1:59:13
128DÉMARE ArnaudGroupama - FDJ2:02:38
129SCULLY ThomasTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale2:02:55
130PHINNEY TaylorTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale2:03:19
131ROWE LukeTeam Sky2:04:28
132SINKELDAM RamonGroupama - FDJ2:05:05
133TERPSTRA NikiQuick-Step Floors2:05:50
134VAN KEIRSBULCK GuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert2:06:09
135TROIA OlivieroUAE-Team Emirates2:06:43
136BENNATI DanieleMovistar Team2:07:37
137RICHEZE Ariel MaximilianoQuick-Step Floors2:07:52
138DUPONT TimothyWanty - Groupe Gobert2:08:06
139FERRARI RobertoUAE-Team Emirates2:08:09
140HEPBURN MichaelMitchelton-Scott2:08:50
141CLAEYS DimitriCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:09:11
142LAPORTE ChristopheCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:09:19
143BODNAR MaciejBORA - hansgrohe2:10:32
144GAUDIN DamienDirect Energie2:13:10
145GRELLIER FabienDirect Energie2:15:50
146GUARNIERI JacopoGroupama - FDJ2:20:20
147TURGIS AnthonyCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:20:31
148DE BUYST JasperLotto Soudal2:20:39
149JANSEN Amund GrondahlTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2:26:12
150ROOSEN TimoTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2:27:37
151THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data2:27:39
152CRADDOCK LawsonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale2:36:36

Results provided by ProCyclingStats.

AG2R La Mondiale

FRANK Mathias
NAESEN Oliver
VUILLERMOZ Alexis
GALLOPIN Tony
BARDET Romain
LATOUR Pierre
DOMONT Axel
DILLIER Silvan

Astana

FUGLSANG Jakob
HANSEN Jesper
CORT NIELSEN Magnus
VALGREN Michael
FRAILE Omar
SANCHEZ Luis Leon
KANGERT Tanel
GRUZDEV Dmitriy

Bahrain-Merida

KOREN Kristijan
NIBALI Vincenzo
POZZOVIVO Domenico
IZAGIRRE Ion
IZAGIRRE Gorka
COLBRELLI Sonny
PELLIZOTTI Franco
HAUSSLER Heinrich

Bora-Hansgrohe

BODNAR Maciej
BURGHARDT Marcus
MAJKA Rafael
MÜHLBERGER Gregor
OSS Daniel
POLJANSKI Pawel
SAGAN Peter
PÖSTLBERGER Lukas

BMC Racing

PORTE Richie
VAN GARDEREN Tejay
CARUSO Damiano
VAN AVERMAET Greg
BEVIN Patrick
GERRANS Simon
KÜNG Stefan
SCHAR Michael

Cofidis

LAPORTE Christophe
CLAEYS Dimitri
EDET Nicolas
HERRADA Jesús
NAVARRO Daniel
PEREZ Anthony
SIMON Julien
TURGIS Anthony

EF Education First-Drapac

URAN Rigoberto
ROLLAND Pierre
PHINNEY Taylor
VANMARCKE Sep
MARTINEZ Daniel Felipe
CLARKE Simon
SCULLY Thomas
CRADDOCK Lawson

Fortuneo-Samsic

BARGUIL Warren
BOUET Maxime
GESBERT Elie
HARDY Romain
LEDANOIS, Kevin
MOINARD Amaël
PICHON, Laurent
BOUET Maxime
VACHON, Florian

Direct Energie

CALMEJANE Lilian
BOUDAT Thomas
CHAVANEL Sylvain
COUSIN Jérôme
GAUDIN Damien
GRELLIER Fabien
SICARD Romain
TAARAMÄE Rein

Dimension Data

CAVENDISH Mark
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
SLAGTER Tom-Jelte
RENSHAW Mark
JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
PAUWELS Serge
VERMOTE Julien
THOMSON Jay Robert

Groupama-FDJ

DÉMARE Arnaud
GAUDU David
GUARNIERI Jacopo
LE GAC Olivier
LUDVIGSSON Tobias
MOLARD Rudy
SINKELDAM Ramon
VICHOT Arthur

Katusha-Alpecin

KITTEL Marcel
ZAKARIN Ilnur
MARTIN Tony
KOCHETKOV Pavel
BOSWELL Ian
KIŠERLOVSKI Robert
POLITT Nils
ZABEL Rick

Lotto-Soudal

BENOOT Tiesj
DE BUYST Jasper
DE GENDT Thomas
GREIPEL André
KEUKELEIRE Jens
VANENDERT Jelle
MARCZYNSKI Tomasz
SIEBERG Marcel

LottoNL-Jumbo

ROGLIC Primoz
KRUIJSWIJK Steven
MARTENS Paul
ROOSEN Timo
GROENEWEGEN Dylan
JANSEN Amund Grondahl
GESINK Robert
TOLHOEK Antwan

Mitchelton-Scott

BAUER Jack
DURBRIDGE Luke
HAYMAN Mathew
HEPBURN Michael
HOWSON Damien
IMPEY Daryl
NIEVE Mikel
YATES Adam

Movistar

AMADOR Andrey
BENNATI Daniele
ERVITI Imanol
LANDA Mikel
QUINTANA Nairo
ROJAS José Joaquín
SOLER Marc
VALVERDE Alejandro

Quick-Step Floors

TERPSTRA Niki
LAMPAERT Yves
GILBERT Philippe
GAVIRIA Fernando
JUNGELS Bob
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
RICHEZE Ariel Maximiliano
DECLERCQ Tim

Sunweb

ANDERSEN Søren Kragh
ARNDT Nikias
DUMOULIN Tom
TEN DAM Laurens
GESCHKE Simon
HAGA Chad
MATTHEWS Michael
THEUNS Edward

Team Sky

(Roster not yet confirmed)

FROOME Christopher
MOSCON Gianni
THOMAS Geraint
KWIATKOWSKI Michal
POELS Wout
VAN BAARLE Dylan
BERNAL Egan Arley
CASTROVIEJO Jonathan

Trek-Segafredo

BERNARD Julien
DEGENKOLB John
DE KORT Koen
GOGL Michael
GRMAY Tsgabu
MOLLEMA Bauke
SKUJINS Tom
STUYVEN Jasper

UAE-Team Emirates

ATAPUMA John Darwin
DURASEK Kristijan
FERRARI Roberto
KRISTOFF Alexander
MARCATO Marco
MARTIN Daniel
SUTHERLAND Rory
TROIA Oliviero

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

DEGAND Thomas
DUPONT Timothy
MARTIN Guillaume
MINNAARD Marco
OFFREDO Yoann
PASQUALON Andrea
SMITH Dion
VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume

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