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The most famous of cycling’s three grand tours, the Tour de France, returns to the global stage this July for what is regarded as the greatest show of endurance on Earth. To experience one of the biggest spectator sports events in the world live, charter a private jet to the Tour de France 2018 with Air Charter Service.

Tour de France

Cyclist riding down a mountain road
Cyclist riding down a mountain road

The Tour de France is a multiple-stage men’s bicycle race held each year, primarily in France. During the three-week tour, which covers approximately 3,500km, athletes cycle 225km of mixed terrain every day for 21 days. Since its inaugural race in 1903, which was used as a marketing ploy to drive L’Auto newspaper sales, the Tour de France has gained worldwide popularity as one of the most challenging sporting events in history.

During the world’s biggest cycling race, competitors must compete in a series of time trials passing through the Pyrénées, the Alps and central Paris, all before finishing on the Champs-Élysées where the winner is awarded the prestigious Tour de France medal and a cash prize of €500,000 (approximately £442,379) plus bonuses is awarded to top finishing positions in each stage.

Tour de France 2018: Stages

The Tour de France route and stages change each year. The first stage of the 2018 Tour de France commences on Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile, a small island off the Atlantic coast of France, before competitors cross a bridge to mainland France and begin tackling tougher terrain.

We’ve provided a breakdown of the dates, route and distances for each stage of the Tour de France 2018 route below:


Date
Route and distance
Saturday, 7th July
Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile – Fontenay-le-Comte (201km)
Sunday, 8th July
Mouilleron-Saint-Germain – La-Roche-sur-Yon (182.5km)
Monday, 9th July
Cholet – Cholet (35.5km)
Tuesday, 10th July
La Baule – Sarzeau (195km)
Wednesday, 11th July
Lorient – Quimper (204.5km)
Thursday, 12th July
Brest – Mûr-de-Bretagne (181km)
Friday, 13th July
Fougéres – Chartres (231km)
Saturday, 14th July
Dreux – Amiens (181km)
Sunday, 15th July
Arras – Roubaix (156.5km)
Monday, 16th
Rest day
Tuesday, 17th July
Le Grand-Bornand (158.5km)
Wednesday, 18th July
La Rosière (108.5km)
Thursday, 19th July
Bourg-Saint-Maurice – Alpe d’Huez (175.5km)
Friday, 20th July
Bourg d’Oisans – Valence (169.5km)
Saturday, 21th July
Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux – Mende (188km)
Sunday, 22th July
Millau – Carcassonne (181.5km)
Monday, 23th July
Rest day
Tuesday, 24th July
Carcassonne – Bagnères-de-Luchon (218km)
Wednesday, 25th July
Bagnères-de-Luchon – Col de Portet (65km)
Thursday, 26th July
Trie-sur-Baïse – Pau (171km)
Friday, 27th July
Lourdes – Laruns (200.5km)
Saturday, 28th July
Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle – Espelette (31km)
Sunday, 29th July
Houilles – Champs-Élysées (116km)

Everything you need to know about the Tour de France

Tour de France race
Tour de France race

The 105th Tour de France begins on Saturday, 7th July, and includes eight flat stages, five hilly stages, six mountain stages (including three altitude finishes), one individual time trial, one team time-trial during stage three in Cholet (a feature which has not been present for the past three years) and two rest days. There are a total of 26 mountain climbs, 12 of which take place in the Alps, four in the Massif Central and 10 in the Pyrenees – an increase of three from 2017’s 23 mountain climbs. Additionally, during the ninth stage between Arras and Roubaix there will be a 1.7km cobbled road race which wasn’t included last year.

There are 176 confirmed riders taking part in the 2018 Tour de France, a number decided by the Union Cycliste Internationale (CLI). And unlike races of the past, the 2018 route stays almost entirely on French soil – apart from a 15km journey through Spain’s Carcassonne and Bagnères-de-Luchon during Stage 16.

Spectators can expect to see UK racing favourite and most recent winner Chris Froome at this year’s race. Froome is set to defend his title against top contenders Nairo Quintana, Richie Porte, Tom Dumoulin and Romain Bardet.

Tickets to the Tour de France 2018

Panoramic view of Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower from the roof of the Arc de Triomphe
Panoramic view of Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower from the roof of the Arc de Triomphe

Since the Tour de France takes place on public streets, you don't need tickets to enjoy it. However, we recommend getting there as early as possible, not only to get the best trackside spots, but to avoid any road closures the race could provoke. If you want to witness the action-packed final stretch, head to the Champs-Élysées in Paris, arriving in ultimate style with a private jet charter to Charles de Gaulle Airport.

For more information or to get a precise quote for your trip to the Tour de France, contact us and one of our specialists will recommend the best aircraft for your journey. One of our dedicated account managers will take care of every detail, allowing you to enjoy a tailor-made private jet charter.

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