Tour de France 2018

Stage 3 Overview

Cholet to Cholet

Monday, July 9, 2018

Stage Summary

Stage 3 marks the return of the highly-anticipated Team Time Trial, the first at the Tour de France since 2015. The 2018 course is a 35.5 km circuit, starting and finishing in the town of Cholet with some rolling, non-categorized climbs in between. Watch for the strongest teams to make a statement today.


Much like the Tour’s last TTT in 2015, the stage was dominated by team BMC. Olympic Road Race champion Greg Van Avermaet moved into yellow and team leader Richie Porte made up some time after a crashy stage 1 shook up the favorites.



Stage Analysis From Best Bike Split

The Team Time Trial (TTT) is back at the Tour, and it sets the stage for a showdown of the powerhouse teams looking to put their GC rider on the podium. For other teams it will be about trying to limit lost time for their GC favorites. The TTT is a tactical race that mixes pure power and strategy. We will have an in-depth analysis prior to the stage, but when modeling and looking at order, the goal is to put a team in a place where you maximize your strong power riders’ pulls at the right place on the course for the optimal duration.


The course starts with a steeper 5 percent climb before settling into more rolling terrain suited to the TT specialists. For strong riders pulling roughly 30-second rotations, expect power numbers well above 500 watts, while recovering riders will be around 200 watts less. Because a TTT favors high raw power and aerodynamics, smaller climbers often have a harder time despite having higher watts/kg.

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

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