2018 Tour de France:
PARIS 'Follow Le Tour'
TDF Ride to Paris | July 20-30 2018
With this year’s TdF we have eight days of race viewing, covering stage starts, finishes and KOMs. We’ll be starting near the alps, before venturing into the Pyrenees. We’ll have the opportunities to climb the famed Cols of Tourmalet, Peyresourde and Aspin amongst many others. With a mix of luxury accommodation and traditional hotels, haute and provincial cuisine, we’ll finish with a ride around Paris.
Follow the largest annual sporting event in the world and enjoy the French countryside and culture along the way…
The 2018 Tour de France will be the 105th edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling’s three Grand Tours.
From our start in Grenoble we’ll hit the race most days, along with fitting in plenty of riding. Up to 1,000k and up to 15,000m vertical, in total for the complete tour. We’ll move from Lanarce in central France, to Camon in the Pyrenees, Arreau deeper in the Pyrenees, with one ‘one-nighter’ at Buzancais, on the road to Paris.
With a group limited to 13 places only, this will be a tour for riding and relaxing and following Le Grand Boucle without spending hours every day waiting for, and chasing the race. With a small group you’ll receive personal and attentive care for the length of the tour.
Tour Price: $7290 (AUD) per person
[Places are limited to 13 clients in total (with 3 staff).]
Tour Start / FinishGrenoble - Paris
Pick UpJuly 20 - Pickup 9.00am: Grenoble Railway Station
Drop OffJuly 30 - Drop off 10.00am: Paris Hotel Etoile
Cycling Fitness/ExperienceAny + E-Bikes Available
Friday, July 20: Stage 13 | Bourg d’Oisans - Valence, 169km
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: After three days in the Alps, the Tour will leave the mountains to head to flatter terrain. The favourites should enjoy a well deserved break. They will leave the control of the race to the sprinters for whom it’ll be the only possibility to shine during this second week of racing.
Saturday, July 21: Stage 14 | Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteuax - Mende, 187km
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: The foothills of the Massif central are never kindly. The passage through the Ardèche gorges, already demanding, will be followed by an even tougher exploration of the Causses and Cevennes areas. In other words, only the strongest will be able to battle it out for victory on the heights of Mende. The most offensif of contenders should have the last word.
Sunday, July 22: Stage 15 | Millau - Carcassonne, 181km
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: With a dominant view over the Montagne Noire, the Pic de Nore which will appear for the first time on the map of the Tour, offers a spectacular panorama over the “départements” of Aude and Tarn. It’ll be the highest place (1,205m) of a stage again made for breakaway riders or for green jersey candidates who can play their part in the mountains.
Monday, July 23: Rest Day |
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: The recent starts in Carcassonne have honoured offensive riders ready to battle it out whatever their pedigree. In 2014, it was while heading to Bagnères-de-Luchon that Michael Rogers found a place among a large breakaway group that he eventually dominated in the final part of the stage to go and capture his only victory on the Tour. Two years later, the voyage from Carcassonne to Montpellier ended with an outstanding final in the wind involving Chris Froome and Peter Sagan. The Slovakian had the last word.
Tuesday, July 24 : Stage 16 | Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon, 218km
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: Following a rest day, this long stage should inspire good climbers who might have lost all hopes in the general classification. Positioned at the end of the stage, the Col du Portillon could prove to be decisive both on its climb as well as on its descent towards Bagnères-de-Luchon.
Wednesday, July 25 Stage 17 | Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan/Col-de-Portet, 65km
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: 65 kms: a distance that will certainly surprise. It will indeed be the shortest normal stage of the last thirty years. Its format will be dynamic for what should prove to be a “dynamite stage”. The finish will be brand new. With a climb of 16 kilometres at an average gradient of over 8% and an altitude of 2,215 m, the Col de Portet has all the assets to become a new Tourmalet.
Thursday, July 26 Stage 18 | Trie-sur-Baïse to Pau, 172km
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: It’ll be a stage that offers an interlude in the Pyrenees sequence of the 2018 Tour. It’ll be an opportunity for sprinters to get back into action. At least for those who will still be up for it after two demanding stages in the mountains.
Friday, July 27: Stage 19 | Lourdes to Laruns, 200km
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: There are no miracles in cycling but the start in Lourdes represents a last opportunity to change the general classification by pushing hard on the pedals in a direct confrontation. It’ll be in the frightening Aspin-Tourmalet-Bordères-Soulor-Aubisque sequence that the destiny of the Yellow Jersey could still be played.
Saturday, July 28: Stage 20 | Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle to Espelette, 31km (ITT)
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: The only individual time-trial of the 105th edition measures 31 kilometres. But the geography of the Basque Country doesn’t make it one for pure time-trialists and should suit the puncher type riders. If the hierarchy for the podium is not established, the climbers who are still fresh at the end of the Tour will have their card to play.
Sunday, July 29: Stage 21: Houilles to Paris, 115km
Monday, July 30: Day 11 | PARIS - "Au Revoir!"
PARISWe’ll have an early start, hitting the road for a brisk morning’s ride around Paris. The best way to see this beautiful city, all before breakfast.
105th Tour de France
The routeRunning from Saturday July 7th to Sunday July 29th 2018, the 105th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,329 kilometres.
- 8 flat stages
- 5 hilly stages
- 6 mountain stages and 3 altitude finishes (La Rosière, Alpe d’Huez, Saint-Lary-Soulan col de Portet)
- 1 individual time-trial
- 1 team time-trial
- 2 rest days
Mountain ClimbsThe 2018 Tour de France will include a total of 25 mountain climbs or hills and altitude finishes ranked in second, first of HC class. The geographic distribution will be as follows:
- 11 in the Alps
- 4 in the Massif central
- 10 in the Pyrenees
Distinctive aspects of the race
ALMOST 100 % FRENCHExcept for a short visit of around 15 kilometres in Spain during stage 16 between Carcassonne and Bagnères-de-Luchon, the 105th Tour de France will never go out of the borders of France. 36“départements” will be travelled through and the Basque country that hadn’t been visited since 2006 will once again be on the map of the Tour.
THE COBBLES RETURNDuring the 9th stage, Arras > Roubaix, there will be 21.7 kilometres of cobbled roads. The riders will take on a total of 15 sectors with lengths varying from 500m to 2.7 kilometres.
TIME-TRIALS: TTT AND ITTLike it was the case last summer in Marseille, the winner of the 105th edition should be crowned after the 20th and penultimate stage, a time-trial between Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle and Espelette on a distance of 31 kilometres. After a three-year absence, a team time-trial of 35 kilometres will also be on the menu during stage 3 in Cholet.
176 AT THE STARTBased on a decision taken by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), each one of the 22 teams taking part in the Tour will, in 2018, be formed of 8 riders. There will therefore be a total of 176 riders present at the Grand Départ in Vendée Pays de la Loire.
3, 2, 1 BONUS …It’ll be an innovation: from the Grand Départ until and including the 9th stage, 3, 2 and 1 bonus seconds will be awarded to the first three who reach a specific kilometre of the course determined in advance. It will have no incidence however on the points classification.
… AND 10, 6, 4 EXTRA BONUSMore conventional: 10, 6 and 4 bonus seconds will be taken off the overall times of the first three of each normal stage of the Tour (except for time-trials).
There will be 9 locations or stage cities visited for the first time out of 39:
- Fontenay-le-Comte (finish of stage 1)
- Mouilleron-Saint-Germain (start of stage 2)
- Sarzeau (finish of stage 4)
- Dreux (start of stage 8)
- La Rosière (finish of stage 11)
- Trie-sur-Baïse (start of stage 18)
- Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle (start of stage 20)
- Espelette (finish of stage 20)
- Houilles (start of stage 21)