July 8, 2018
Tour de France 2018: Stage 1
Noirmoutier-en-l'Île to Fontenay-le-Comte, 201km
Opening stage goes to Fernando Gavira debut Tour start. Crashes and mechanicals see several GC riders lose time.
Columbia's footballers maybe out of the FIFA World Cup but its cyclists are making up up forit. On his first stage in his first Tour de France Quickstep's Fernando Gavira took his first win, putting a bike length into Peter Sagan (BORA - hansgrohe), with Marcel Kittel.
Froome, Porte, Yates and Quintana lose time
Several crashes in the closing kilometres saw Sky's Chris Froome, BMC's Richie Porte and Mitchelton Scott's Adam Yates take a big hit on time. Froome flipped overhis bike to land in a field. The trio arrived in a group 1'01" down on the winner. Movistar's nairo Quintana has suffered a double broken wheel after hitting a curb, then lost more time as neutral service struggled to make a speedy change with his team car stuck behind the crash that affected Yates et al. Unfortunately the incidet occurred outide 3km to go, and the Columbian finsihed 1'25" down.
Those safely ahead of the crashes include Jacob Fuglsang (Astana), Ggeraint Thomas (Sky), Vicenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida), Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), Roamin Bardet (Ag2r), Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) and Rigoberto Uran (Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale).
Stage 1 Results
July 7, stage one: Noirmoutier-en-l'Île to Fontenay-le-Comte, 201km
July 8, stage two: Mouilleron-St-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon, 182.5km
July 9, stage three: Cholet, team time trial, 35.5km
July 10, stage four: La Baule to Sarzeau, 195km
July 11, stage five: Lorient to Quimper, 204.5km
July 12, stage six: Brest to Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan, 181km
July 13, stage seven: Fougères to Chartres, 231km
July 14, stage eight: Dreux to Amiens Métropole, 181km
July 15, stage nine: Arras to Roubaix, 156.5km
July 16: Rest day (Annecy).
July 17, stage 10: Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand, 158.5km
July 18, stage 11: Albertville to La Rosière Espace San Bernardo, 108.5km
July 19, stage 12: Bourg-St-Maurice Les Arcs to Alpe d’Huez, 175.5km
July 20, stage 13: Bourg d’Oisans to Valence, 169.5km
July 21, stage 14: St-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Mende, 188km
July 22, stage 15: Millau to Carcassonne, 181.5km
July 23: Rest day (Carcassonne/Bagnères-de-Luchon)
July 24, stage 16: Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon, 218km
July 25, stage 17: Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan, 65km
July 26, stage 18: Trie-sur-Baïse to Pau, 171km
July 27, stage 19: Lourdes to Laruns, 200.5km
July 28, stage 20: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle to Espelette; individual time trial, 31km
July 29, stage 21: Houilles to Paris Champs-Élysées, 116km