Tour de France 2018 runs from 7th of July until the 29th. One of the highlights of the most famous bicycle race in the world includes the climb in the Alpe d'Huez, the Tourmalet and the Aubisque.
Last years winner Chris Froome, was 54 seconds ahead of Rigoberto Urán and Romain Bardet reached third place. Froome’s Team Sky also won the team classification. This year's Tour starts with a 199-km flat stage to Fontenay-le-Comte.
The 105th Tour de France promises some difficult stages: the cobbled Paris-Roubaix passages and the steep ramps. This year the Great Départ takes place on the Atlantic island of Noirmoutier-en-l'Île.
This year, there are several changes to the Tour de France regulations which should provide more excitement and safety.
Participants by team
As of 2018 there will be eight riders instead of nine per team: this is undoubtedly the most impressive innovation in the Tour de France this year. According to the race organizer, this should generate less agglomeration and more security, but possibly also change the tactics of the individual teams.
New time credits
In the 2018 Tour there are new bonus points. These three, two and one second time credits for the first three controllers are only available in the first nine stages. The places where the time bonuses are awarded are chosen so that they give the race additional dynamism just before the actual stage finale.
In addition to these new bonus points, there are, as before, the time credits of ten, six and four seconds at the end. These bonuses are awarded at all stages, except in individual and team time trials.
Mountain classification as in Formula 1
Another novelty affecting only the 17th stage, the 65 kilometers through a total of three mountain peaks from Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan. As with Formula 1, the top 20 riders will be positioned according to their classification and will start directly in the climb. Then the rest of the squad will follow.
Tour de France live on TV and streaming
As in previous years live coverage is found on Eurosport 1 and ITV4 on every day of the race (apart from the final day which will be on Eurosport 1 and ITV 1), with start-to-finish coverage of every day generally starting at around midday.
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