The Essence of Stages in Tour de France in 2018

We have already discussed the impressive overall distance that the riders in the Tour de France need to cover. What we didn’t take a look at, were the separate distances of each stage, where would they take place and many other important factors that will define the event as a whole. For maximum convenience, we’ve listed the different stages and conditions under which participants would test their physical and mental skill.

  • 1

    Noirmoutier-en-l’Île / Fontenay-le-Comt

    The length of this stage will be 201 kilometers. Traveling surface type will be flat, and the stage will begin on the 7th of July, Saturday. The majority of the route will weave close to the coastline of France, so riders, as well as spectators, will enjoy some beautiful maritime scenery.

  • 2

    Mouilleron-Saint-Germain / LaRoche-sur-Yon

    182.5km. is the total distance of the second stage. Just like in the previous stage, the surface type will be classified as flat and will take place on the 8th of July, Sunday.

  • 3


    The first team time-trial will be held in the city of Chole and will have a complete length of 35.5 kilometers. It will start on the 9th of July, and while the official type of this stage is classified as “team time-trial”, participants will be riding on the flat-surface of the city’s streets.

  • 4

    La Baule / Sarzeau

    Another flat-surface type stage, this one will start on the 10th of July on a Monday. The total distance of this stage will be 195 kilometers.

  • 5

    Lorient / Quimper

    This is the stage that will have the longest distance of all – 204.5 kilometers. It will also be the first stage that will put extra strain on the riders, as the surface type is classified as “hilly”. Starting date – 11th July.

  • 6

    Brest / Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan

    Right after the first hilly stage, comes another one. It will be 181 kilometers long and start on July the 12th.

  • 7

    Fougères / Chartres

    The longest stage of all others in terms of distance (231km.), the surface to Chartres will be classified as flat. Cyclists will ride it on the 13th of July, Friday.

  • 8

    Dreux / Amiens Métropole

    Starting on the 14th of July, riders will travel a distance of 181 kilometers. This stage is classified as a flat surface type.

  • 9

    Arras Citadelle / Roubaix

    After the flat, comes the hilly surface type challenge that will take place on the 15th. This Sunday race will be quite anticipated by participants not only because of the relatively short distance of 156.5 kilometers but due to the fact that on the next day (the 16th ) all of them are scheduled for a rest. The rest-day will take place in the city of Annecy.

  • 10

    Annecy / Le Grand-Bornand

    This stage is the first one that is mountain-class. The professional Tour de France bikers will start their 158.5 kilometers pass on the 17th of July.

  • 11

    Albertville / La Rosière Espace San Bernardo

    The fact that this stage is only 108.5 kilometers, doesn’t make it any easier, as the mountain course will continue on the 18th of July.

  • 12

    Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs/ Alpe d’Huez

    The mountain class struggle will continue on the 19th as well. By now, many racers would have lost any held advantage and will have to push through 175.7 kilometers before reaching the next challenge.

  • 13

    Bourg d’Oisans / Valence

    As a break from a long streak of mountain roads, participants will travel on a flat-class surface to Valence. The journey will have the length of 169.5 kilometers.

  • 14

    Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux / Mende

    Right after even ground cyclists will engage in a hilly-class road, that will be 188 kilometers long. The event will take place on a Saturday, the 21st of July.

  • 15

    Millau / Carcassonne

    A follow-up on the hilly-type stage will be one of the same classification, which will have the length of 181.5 kilometers. It will start on the 22nd of July. The second scheduled day for resting will take place in the final destination of this stage, the city of Carcassonne, on the 23rd.

  • 16

    Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon

    Shortly after the day for resting, riders will embark on yet another mountain-class stage, the length of which will be 218 kilometers.

  • 17

    Bagnerès-de-Luchon / Saint-Lary-Soulan

    Although this is also a Mountain-class stage, the silver lining is that it is not only the shortest of the type but also the shortest stage in general (if we aren’t counting the time trials). It will be only 65 kilometers long and will take place on the 25th of July.

  • 18

    Trie-sur-Baïse / Pau

    A flat-road stage will give the Peloton a time to conserve some energy while going through the 171 kilometers route. This Thursday race will start on July, the 26th.

  • 19

    Lourdes / Laruns

    Right after the flat road, another mountainous segment will give the best of the climbers to shine. With 200.5 km. in length, this mountain class road will be the last of its kind.

  • 20

    Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle / Espelette

    An individual time-trial stage, this 31 km-long stage will record every rider’s abilities. Riders will participate in this event on the 28th of July, and it will be the second and final trial-based task.

  • 21

    Houilles / Paris Champs-Élysées

    The final stage in the Tour de France will be 116 kilometers long and will bring outstanding glory to the one who finishes it first. The date will be July the 29th, and as the competition began on a flat-surface type, it will also end on one. Just like the first time the Tour was held, the last finish point will be under the most famous avenue in the world – the Champs-Élysées in Paris!