The 2018 Tour de France could provide Chris Froome’s toughest test yet with cobbles, gravel and the return of Alpe d’Huez. The 105th edition of La Grande Boucle will also feature two time trials, as well as the shortest road stage in recent Tour history.
The 2018 race will combine Tour tradition with Grand Tour innovation. A team time trial, Alpe d’Huez summit finish and a hilly individual time trial will provide three classic Tour tests. On the other hand, 21.7km of cobbles on stage nine, a section of dirt road on the first mountain stage, and three climbs packed into stage 17, which measures just 65km, will ensure the Tour champion crowned in Paris on July 29 is a worthy all-round winner.
“We especially wanted to emphasise stage variety and the routes that may prove decisive, whilst combining legendary climbs with brand-new ascensions or ultra-dynamic formats to provide a vision of modern and inspired cycling,” said Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme.