Commentary: The French resolution
- Commentary: The French Resolution
- Sky's Bernal, Castroviejo discuss Tour drama
- Ten Dam: ‘Even with smaller budgets we can be there’
- Tour Photo Essay: Behind the scenes with Sagan
- Tour photos: From the punishing Pyrenees to Paris
- VN Show: Was the 2018 Tour a good race for fans?
- Nibali undergoes back surgery following Tour crash
- Measuring the impact of taunting, jeering Team Sky at the Tour de France
- Roundtable: Did Tour de France 2018 live up to expectations?
- Americans on Tour: Five finishers in Paris
- Tech trend: Snub-nose saddles at Colorado Classic
- In the Pits: Colorado Classic, Stage 4
- In the Pits: Colorado Classic Stage 3
- Week in Tech: Revolting gravel from Giant, long-travel Fezzari, Zwift Academy
- Review: Four CO2 inflators to pump you up
- Finding a solution to the bike helmet paradox
- Tech FAQ: Brakes, tubes, and Dutch bikes
- Deep wheels: An engineering feat that goes beyond aero
- Week in Tech: Strava membership changes, smart lights, British carbon
- Tech podcast: What is trail and why does it matter?
- Colorado: Ryan wins stage 4 as Hall walks away with overall title
- Colorado Classic: McCabe sprints to victory; Mannion seals overall title
- Valente wins stage 3 while Hall holds overall lead at Colorado Classic
- Colorado Classic: Eenkhoorn wins stage; Mannion defends lead
- Colorado Classic: UHC goes one-two in Vail TT
- Katie Hall takes control in Colorado Classic stage 2
- American Colin Joyce wins Norway stage 2
- Colorado Classic: Gage Hecht fends off the sprinters
- Wiasak surges to victory in opening stage of women's Colorado Classic
- Utah stage 6: Kuss wins final stage and takes overall victory in Park City
Sky’s Bernal, Castroviejo discuss Tour de France drama
Ten Dam: ‘Even with smaller budgets we can be there’
Photo Essay: Behind the scenes with Sagan at the Tour de France
Tour de France Photo Essay: From the punishing Pyrenees to Paris
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.
|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|
Results will be published once race is underway.
AG2R La Mondiale
CORT NIELSEN Magnus
SANCHEZ Luis Leon
VAN GARDEREN Tejay
VAN AVERMAET Greg
EF Education First-Drapac
MARTINEZ Daniel Felipe
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
THOMSON Jay Robert
LE GAC Olivier
DE BUYST Jasper
DE GENDT Thomas
JANSEN Amund Grondahl
ROJAS José Joaquín
RICHEZE Ariel Maximiliano
ANDERSEN Søren Kragh
TEN DAM Laurens
(Roster not yet confirmed)
VAN BAARLE Dylan
BERNAL Egan Arley
DE KORT Koen
ATAPUMA John Darwin
VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
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