The 2018 Tour de France is nearly over, with the best cyclists in the world having ridden over 21 gruelling stages on the race to Paris.
Live TV coverage in the UK is on both ITV4 and Eurosport, right through to the finish line – which Geraint Thomas is expected to cross in first place – at the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday 29th July.
Is Chris Froome competing in the Tour de France 2018?
Yes – in early July, cycling’s world governing body UCI dropped an anti-doping case against the four-time tour de France winner, meaning he will be able to take part in the competition.
The 33-year-old Briton said he was “grateful and relieved” to bring a end to an “emotional nine months” – and he is keen to get back in the saddle to defend his title.
Who is in Team Sky with Geraint Thomas for the Tour de France?
Froome was leading the team, but it is Welsh rider Geraint Thomas who is all but certain to cross the Paris finish line in first place. He is supported by fellow Sky riders Froome (due to finish third), Luke Rowe, Egan Bernal, Jonathan Castroviejo, Michal Kwiatkowski, Gianni Moscon and Wout Poels.
Who were the favourites to challenge Chris Froome?
Only seven riders competing on this year’s tour have won all three Grand Tours. Of these, Froome was the likely favourite to wear the Maillot Jaune heading into the race, but he was expected to face stiff competition from home favourite Romain Bardet (racing with the Ag2r-La Mondiale team), who finished just 2 minutes and twenty seconds behind him in 2017. He finished second the previous year.
However, 33-year-old Australian Richie Porte (BMC Racing) was the bookies’ second favourite to win the contest this year, despite having never won a single stage at 11 starts in the three Grand Tours. He has fully recovered from a terrifying crash on the Mont du Chat during last year’s race, however, and won the Tour de Suisse in June.
What is the route for the 2018 Tour de France?
Unlike some previous years where the Tour has started in countries outside of France, this year almost the entire route remains in French territory, apart from one brief foray into Spain during Stage 16.
The 3,351km route takes in classic cycling routes including the Alpe D’Huez and the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix. This year also sees the introduction of a grid start for Stage 17, a 65km dash and one of the shortest stages in Tour de France history.
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