Tour de France bicycle race is here again, 105th edition!!!

And we got the schedule for the great one, the Tour de France bicycle race in its 105th edition. This time it passes by my Bretagne/Brittany/Breizh in many stages.

Mark these days down, July 9-29 2018. Here are the stages/etapes dates, and length in km :

Date Etape Km
7 juil 1. Noirmoutier – Fontenay-le-Comte 189 km
8 juil 2. Mouilleron-Saint-Germain – La-Roche-sur-Yon 183 km
9 juil. 3. Cholet-Cholet (clm) 35 km
10 juil. 4. La Baule-Sarzeau 192 km
11 juil. 5. Lorient-Quimper 203 km
12 juil. 6. Brest – Mûr de Bretagne 181 km
13 juil. 7. Fougères-Chartres 231 km
14 juil. 8. Dreux-Amiens 181 km
15 juil. 9. Arras-Roubaix 154 km
16 juil. Annecy
17 juil. 10. Annecy – Le Grand-Bornand 159 km
18 juil. 11. Albertville – La Rosière 108 km
19 juil. 12. Bourg-Saint-Maurice – L’Alpe-D’Huez 175 km
20 juil. 13. Bourg-D’Oisans – Valence 169 km
21 juil. 14. Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Mende 187 km
22 juil. 15. Millau-Carcassonne 181 km
23 juil. Carcassonne .
24 juil. 16. Carcassonne – Bagnères-de-Luchon 218 km
25 juil. 17. Bagnères-de-Luchon – Saint-Lary-Soulan 65 km
26 juil. 18. Trie-sur-Baïse – Pau 172 km
27 juil. 19. Lourdes-Laruns 200 km
28 juil. 20. Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle – Espelette (clm) 31 km
29 juil. 21. Houilles – Paris 115 km

 

The first stage is from Noirmoutier island into Fontenay-le-Comte on 195 kms on nice terrain but skipping the passage du Gois under water on certains times a day and one of the best roads of the world.

By the 4th stage it will enter Brittany at Sarzeau in the Peninsula or presqu’île de Rhuys . It will continue here on stage 5 going along backroads from Lorient to Quimper. Moving into stage 6 going from Brest to Mûr de Bretagne! a hill of 2 kms on a 10% inclination point (taken with a car and already exciting to do I imagine with a bike will be super). July 13 will be stage 7 from Fougéres and leaving Bretagne into Chartres.

The famous July 14 National Day or Fête Nationale will be from Dreux to Amiens in Picardie. By stage 8. On July 18 o stage 11 will be passing Albertville , a town my wife worked before our marriage.  On stage 18 July 26 the race will arrive at Pau, a nice town for us. Many years ago we used to go here with my wife’s family to see the race passing by.

The last one on July 29 stage 21 will be from our beloved Yvelines dept 78 of the town of Houilles and into the Champs Elysées of Paris. Wonderful!!!

Follow the race officially here: http://www.letour.fr/en/news/2018/2018-tour-de-france-new-places-to-build

See the official map in picture and one of my oldies from 2015 passing by Saint Avé (see tour de france in my previous post in my blog) near my job near Vannes. Enjoy it , one of the traditions of France!

France Saint Ave

 

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