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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 REPORT / PHOTOS
15 07/22/2018 Millau to Carcassonne 181.5km REPORT / PHOTOS
16 07/24/2018 Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon 218km REPORT / PHOTOS
17 07/25/2018 Bagneres-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan 65km REPORT / PHOTOS
18 07/26/2018 Trie-sur-Baise to Pau 171km REPORT / PHOTOS
19 01/01/1970 Lourdes to Laruns 200.5km REPORT / PHOTOS
20 01/01/1970 Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle to Espelette 31km REPORT / PHOTOS
21 01/01/1970 Houilles to Paris 116km REPORT / PHOTOS
RankNameTeamTime
1THOMAS GeraintTeam Sky 83:17:13
2DUMOULIN TomTeam Sunweb 1:51
3FROOME ChristopherTeam Sky2:24
4ROGLIC PrimozTeam LottoNL-Jumbo3:22
5KRUIJSWIJK StevenTeam LottoNL-Jumbo6:08
6BARDET RomainAG2R La Mondiale6:57
7LANDA MikelMovistar Team7:37
8MARTIN DanielUAE-Team Emirates9:05
9ZAKARIN IlnurTeam Katusha - Alpecin12:37
10QUINTANA NairoMovistar Team14:18
11JUNGELS BobQuick-Step Floors16:32
12FUGLSANG Jakob DiemerAstana Pro Team19:46
13LATOUR PierreAG2R La Mondiale22:13
14VALVERDE AlejandroMovistar Team27:26
15BERNAL Egan ArleyTeam Sky27:52
16KANGERT TanelAstana Pro Team34:52
17BARGUIL WarrenTeam Fortuneo - Samsic37:06
18POZZOVIVO DomenicoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team39:08
19MAJKA RafałBORA - hansgrohe39:57
20CARUSO DamianoBMC Racing Team42:31
21MARTIN GuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert44:18
22IZAGIRRE IonBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team46:36
23NIEVE MikelMitchelton-Scott49:19
24IZAGIRRE GorkaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team50:02
25GESCHKE SimonTeam Sunweb 50:15
26MOLLEMA BaukeTrek - Segafredo1:06:33
27ROLLAND PierreTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:09:09
28VAN AVERMAET GregBMC Racing Team1:10:14
29YATES AdamMitchelton-Scott1:17:35
30CALMEJANE LilianDirect Energie1:18:09
31GESINK RobertTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:21:13
32VAN GARDEREN TejayBMC Racing Team1:23:05
33ALAPHILIPPE JulianQuick-Step Floors1:28:08
34GAUDU David Groupama - FDJ1:30:01
35BERNARD JulienTrek - Segafredo1:34:12
36MARTINEZ Daniel FelipeTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:38:38
37TOLHOEK AntwanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:39:01
38MOLARD RudyGroupama - FDJ1:47:36
39CHAVANEL SylvainDirect Energie1:47:47
40ĐURASEK KristijanUAE-Team Emirates1:48:06
41VICHOT ArthurGroupama - FDJ1:51:19
42BOUET MaximeTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:58:08
43EDET NicolasCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:58:54
44VALGREN MichaelAstana Pro Team1:59:20
45NAVARRO DanielCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:00:32
46IMPEY DarylMitchelton-Scott2:00:53
47HERRADA JesúsCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:01:52
48MOINARD AmaëlTeam Fortuneo - Samsic2:03:20
49KWIATKOWSKI MichalTeam Sky2:05:29
50AMADOR AndreyMovistar Team2:05:38
51TEN DAM LaurensTeam Sunweb 2:06:22
52ANDERSEN Søren KraghTeam Sunweb 2:06:23
53KÜNG StefanBMC Racing Team2:07:14
54DEGAND ThomasWanty - Groupe Gobert2:09:54
55FRANK MathiasAG2R La Mondiale2:10:29
56HANSEN JesperAstana Pro Team2:10:33
57FRAILE OmarAstana Pro Team2:10:59
58POELS WoutTeam Sky2:13:23
59SLAGTER Tom-JelteTeam Dimension Data2:13:58
60PELLIZOTTI FrancoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team2:17:32
61KOCHETKOV PavelTeam Katusha - Alpecin2:17:52
62SOLER MarcMovistar Team2:18:51
63STUYVEN JasperTrek - Segafredo2:20:24
64MINNAARD MarcoWanty - Groupe Gobert2:20:31
65DE GENDT ThomasLotto Soudal2:24:41
66NAESEN OliverAG2R La Mondiale2:29:36
67ARNDT NikiasTeam Sunweb 2:32:02
68CORT Magnus Astana Pro Team2:32:26
69ATAPUMA John DarwinUAE-Team Emirates2:35:47
70CASTROVIEJO JonathanTeam Sky2:36:06
71SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe2:38:08
72HAGA ChadTeam Sunweb 2:39:40
73SICARD RomainDirect Energie2:42:53
74LUDVIGSSON TobiasGroupama - FDJ2:45:40
75VERMOTE JulienTeam Dimension Data2:45:57
76MÜHLBERGER GregorBORA - hansgrohe2:46:13
77ERVITI ImanolMovistar Team2:47:46
78DE KORT KoenTrek - Segafredo2:48:29
79BOSWELL IanTeam Katusha - Alpecin2:51:47
80LAMPAERT YvesQuick-Step Floors2:52:37
81MARTENS PaulTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2:52:46
82SKUJIŅŠ TomsTrek - Segafredo2:53:41
83DILLIER SilvanAG2R La Mondiale2:55:15
84BOASSON HAGEN EdvaldTeam Dimension Data2:57:00
85PEREZ AnthonyCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:58:56
86GESBERT ElieTeam Fortuneo - Samsic3:00:48
87POLITT NilsTeam Katusha - Alpecin3:00:54
88THEUNS EdwardTeam Sunweb 3:02:15
89BOUDAT ThomasDirect Energie3:04:07
90SCHÄR MichaelBMC Racing Team3:04:14
91OFFREDO YoannWanty - Groupe Gobert3:04:27
92BURGHARDT MarcusBORA - hansgrohe3:04:48
93COUSIN JérômeDirect Energie3:05:34
94POLJANSKI PawelBORA - hansgrohe3:07:14
95PASQUALON AndreaWanty - Groupe Gobert3:09:34
96LEDANOIS KévinTeam Fortuneo - Samsic3:11:55
97SMITH DionWanty - Groupe Gobert3:12:24
98PICHON LaurentTeam Fortuneo - Samsic3:12:46
99VACHON FlorianTeam Fortuneo - Samsic3:13:47
100CLARKE SimonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3:15:40
101SIMON JulienCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:15:55
102KOREN KristijanBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team3:16:54
103MARCZYNSKI TomaszLotto Soudal3:19:10
104BENNATI DanieleMovistar Team3:19:22
105HARDY RomainTeam Fortuneo - Samsic3:19:49
106SUTHERLAND RoryUAE-Team Emirates3:21:22
107GERRANS SimonBMC Racing Team3:21:37
108HAYMAN MathewMitchelton-Scott3:21:55
109COLBRELLI SonnyBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,
110JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data3:24:25
111DEGENKOLB JohnTrek - Segafredo3:26:35
112OSS DanielBORA - hansgrohe3:32:29
113GOGL MichaelTrek - Segafredo3:32:54
114KRISTOFF AlexanderUAE-Team Emirates3:33:33
115VANMARCKE SepTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3:34:17
116TURGIS AnthonyCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:36:11
117HEPBURN MichaelMitchelton-Scott3:36:30
118DURBRIDGE LukeMitchelton-Scott3:37:21
119TERPSTRA NikiQuick-Step Floors3:37:31
120GRELLIER FabienDirect Energie3:37:56
121BAUER JackMitchelton-Scott3:39:02
122BODNAR MaciejBORA - hansgrohe3:39:20
123VAN KEIRSBULCK GuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert3:40:30
124LAPORTE ChristopheCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:41:55
125HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team3:42:24
126MARCATO MarcoUAE-Team Emirates3:42:54
127LE GAC OlivierGroupama - FDJ3:49:03
128ROWE LukeTeam Sky3:50:55
129SCULLY ThomasTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3:50:59
130CLAEYS DimitriCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:51:15
131DUPONT TimothyWanty - Groupe Gobert3:51:16
132PÖSTLBERGER LukasBORA - hansgrohe3:56:53
133TROIA OlivieroUAE-Team Emirates3:57:02
134SINKELDAM RamonGroupama - FDJ3:58:01
135RICHEZE Ariel MaximilianoQuick-Step Floors3:58:58
136PHINNEY TaylorTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3:59:07
137ROOSEN TimoTeam LottoNL-Jumbo4:01:05
138FERRARI RobertoUAE-Team Emirates4:01:34
139JANSEN Amund GrondahlTeam LottoNL-Jumbo4:02:04
140GAUDIN DamienDirect Energie4:02:07
141DÉMARE ArnaudGroupama - FDJ4:08:18
142DE BUYST JasperLotto Soudal4:08:54
143THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data4:09:49
144GUARNIERI JacopoGroupama - FDJ4:12:29
145CRADDOCK LawsonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale4:34:19

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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