2018 Tour de France:
Tour 1 'Follow Le Tour'
TDF TOUR 1 | July 10-16 2018
Follow the largest annual sporting event in the world and enjoy the French countryside and culture along the way…
After we pick up in Rennes, we’ll follow the TdF for seven days as it traverses across the top half of France, from west to east. With plenty of riding, viewing, eating and drinking in between, and a few cobbled sections to finish, it should be a ripper. The riding will all be done without any mountains in sight, but just watch out for those cobbles.
The 2018 Tour de France will be the 105th edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling’s three Grand Tours.
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.
Using three locations, after the kick off in Paris we travel to Josselin, in the Vendee. From here we move north-west to Bagnoles de l’Orne in Normandy, before our final destination of Aire-Sur-La-Lys, in Pas-de-Calais. Using excellent 19th century Hotel and Chateaux in all three locations.
Tour Price: $4990 (AUD) per person
[Places are limited to 13 clients in total (with 3 staff).]
Tour Start / FinishRennes - Paris
Pick UpJuly 10 - Pickup 9.00am: Hôtel ASTRID 32 AV LOUIS BARTHOU - 35000 RENNES 02.99.30.82.38 (close to Rennes station)
Drop OffJuly 16 - Drop off 1.00pm: Hotel Etoile, 10, av. Mac Mahon 75017 Paris 01 42 67 69 63
Cycling Fitness/ExperienceAny + E-Bikes Available
Tuesday July 10: Stage 4 | La Baule to Sarzeau - 192km
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: The profile of the first stage in Brittany of the 2018 Tour will inspire the sprinters and require hard work from their team mates, while the breakaway riders will count on ‘destiny’. After a probable explanation (? Ed) by the sea between the “muscle-men” of the pack, the hierarchy between the sprint kings should start being established.
Wednesday July 11: Stage 5 | Lorient / Quimper - 203 km
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: The stages in Brittany can also have a taste of Belgian classics. After going through Concarneau, the narrowness of the roads and the many hills to climb will favour those used to the Ardennes. A key climb of the Boucles de l’Aulne race, the Menez Quelerc’h hill could force a first decisive selection that will carry on lasting for another 45 kilometres.
Thursday July 12: Stage 6 | Brest / Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: The Mûr de Bretagne hill always offers precious information on the state of form of the title contenders. This time, a possible showdown between the big guns could be accompanied by a real time sanction. The hill will indeed have to be climbed twice in the last 16 kilometres !
Friday July 13 : Stage 7 | Fougères / Chartres - 231 km
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: Unless a surprise occurs, a sprinter should claim the win in Chartres, like Stuart O’Grady in 2004, even if on that day a breakaway group had managed to stay clear of the peloton. It was also on that occasion that Thomas Voeckler’s fairy tale started. Riders should however be extra cautious if the wind blows hard on the final 40 kilometres of the stage.
Saturday July 14: Stage 8 | Dreux / Amiens Métropole - 181 km
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: Once again, wind could be blowing hard on the final part of the stage and could be an element to take into account. Among other qualities, the sprinters will also need to navigate in the gusts in order to be part of the final explanation.
Sunday July 15: Stage 9 | Arras Citadelle / Roubaix - 154 km
Monday July 16: REST DAY | End of Topbike TdF 1
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)