The 105th Tour de France 2018 is coming up as riders prepare for the most popular of cycling's three Grand Tours.
The race will begin the first weekend of July and go on for three weeks. It consists of 21 stages across those three weeks and features 176 riders across 22 teams.
This year the Tour will start on the western coast of France in the Vendée department for the fifth time in its history with its traditional finish at the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The 2018 race marks the shortest race of the century at 2,069 miles long.
When is the 2018 Tour de France?
The Tour de France begins July 7 in the Vendée department, in the Pays de la Loire region, before concluding on July 29 at the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
2018 Tour de France standings, results
The standings and stage results will be updated when the Tour de France beings on July 7.
How to watch the Tour de France live
You can watch live TV coverage of the 2018 Tour de France on NBC Sports. You can also live stream the Tour de France on nbcsports.com or the NBC Sports app with NBC Sports Gold's Cycling Pass. A subscription for Cycling Pass costs $49.99 and runs from June 7, 2018-June 10, 2019.
You can also live stream the Tour de France with fuboTV (7-day free trial).
What are the Tour de France stages?
The route of the 2018 Tour de France includes 21 stages that cover 2,069 miles (3,329 kilometers). There are nine flat stages, four hilly stages, six mountain stages, one team time-trial stage, one individual time trial stage and two rest days. Here is a complete list of each stage with results.
The 2018 Tour de France begins in the Vendée department of France for the fifth time. It will also feature a section of unpaved roads on the Plateau des Glières for the first in 60 years.
Stage 1: Flat – Saturday, July 7 – Noirmoutier-en-l'Île to Fontenay-le-Comte – 117 mi
Stage 2: Flat – Sunday, July 8 – Mouilleron-Saint-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon – 114 mi
Stage 3: Team Time Trial – Monday, July 9 – Cholet – 22 mi
Stage 4: Flat – Tuesday, July 10 – La Baule to Sarzeau – 119 mi
Stage 5: Hilly – Wednesday, July 11 – Lorient to Quimper – 126 mi
Stage 6: Hilly – Thursday, July 12 – Brest to Mûr-de-Bretagne – 112 mi
Stage 7: Flat – Friday, July 13 – Fougères to Chartres – 144 mi
Stage 8: Flat – Saturday, July 14 – Dreux to Amiens – 112 mi
Stage 9: Flat – Sunday, July 15 – Arras to Roubaix – 96 mi
Rest Day – Monday, July 16 – Annecy
Stage 10: Mountain – Tuesday, July 17 – Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand – 99 mi
Stage 11: Mountain – Wednesday, July 18 – Albertville to La Rosière – 67 mi
Stage 12: Mountain – Thursday, July 19 – Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Alpe d'Huez – 109 mi
Stage 13: Flat – Friday, July 20 – Le Bourg-d'Oisans to Valence – 105 mi
Stage 14: Hilly – Saturday, July 21 – Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Mende – 116 mi
Stage 15: Hilly – Sunday, July 22 – Millau to Carcassonne – 112 mi
Rest Day – Monday, July 23 – Carcassonne
Stage 16: Mountain – Tuesday, July 24 – Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon – 135 mi
Stage 17: Mountain – Wednesday, July 25 – Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan – 40 mi
Stage 18: Flat – Thursday, July 26 – Trie-sur-Baïse to Pau – 107 mi
Stage 19: Mountain – Friday, July 27 – Lourdes to Laruns – 124 mi
Stage 20: Individual Time Trial – Saturday, July 28 – Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle to Espelette – 19 mi
Stage 21: Flat – Sunday, July 29 – Houilles to Paris (Champs-Élysées) – 71 mi
2018 Tour de France teams
AG2R La Mondiale (France)
Astana Pro Team (Kazakhstan)
Bahrain - Merida (Bahrein)
BMC Racing Team (United States)
Bora - Hansgrohe (Germany)
Cannondale Drapac Professional Cycling Team (United States)
Cofidis, Solutions Credits (France)
Direct Energie (France)
Fortuneo - Samsic (France)
Lotto Soudal (Belgium)
Mitchelton - Scott (Australia
Movistar Team (Spain)
Quick - Step Floors (Belgium)
Team Dimension Data (South Africa)
Team Katusha Alpecin (Switzerland)
Team Lotto NL - Jumbo (Netherlands)
Team Sky (Great Britain)
Team Sunweb (Netherlands)
Terk - Segafredo (United States)
UAE Team Emirates (United Arab Emirates)
Wanty - Groupe Gobert (Belgium)
Tour de France winners
Here's a list of Tour de France general classification winners from the last 10 years; you can see the full list of winners here:
Year Country Cyclist Sponsor/Team
2008 Spain Carlos Sastre Team CSC
2009 Spain Alberto Contador Astana
2010 Luxembourg Andy Schleck Team Saxo Bank
2011 Australia Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team
2012 Great Britain Bradley Wiggins Team Sky
2013 Great Britain Chris Froome Team Sky
2014 Italy Vincenzo Nibali Astana
2015 Great Britain Chris Froome Team Sky
2016 Great Britain Chris Froome Team Sky
2017 Great Britain Chris Froome Team Sky