Tour de France 2018

Stage 1 Overview

Noirmoutier-en-l'Île to Fontenay-le-Comte

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Stage Summary

Stage 1 covers 210 kilometers, primarily down the scenic west coast of France. Starting in Noirmoutier-en-l’île, the peloton will ride 110 kilometers on the coast before turning inland to finish at Fontenay Le-Comte. Watch for harsh coastal winds with the potential to break up the pack, and an intermediate sprint at km 119.


The first stage of the Tour was an exciting one, with several crashes (including that of GC contender Chris Froome of Team Sky shortly before the finish) and a mechanical for Movistar’s Nairo Quintana. The winds were less of a factor than expected, and several first-time Tour riders made an effort to make a name for themselves, including Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Jay Thomson, who led the peloton for several kilometers.


Stage Analysis From Best Bike Split

The winds can change quickly and gust quite strongly here so, there is a chance for some splits to form early on. But with the prevailing wind out of the east when the route turns inland expect everyone to come together for a large group finish. The final major turn toward the finish happens with a little over 1km to go, then it’s full gas to the end. With sprinters eyeing the Maillot jaune, expect fireworks and speeds upward of 75 km/h.

Click on the predictive race plan below to see how key factors might affect the results from this stage.

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