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The Tour de France 2018 will start one week later .. and with less riders!

Added: friday 23 June 2017 at 21:27:00
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    The Tour de France 2018 will start one week later .. and with less riders!It was the surprise announcement made by the UCI yesterday and it was confirmed to velowire.com by A.S.O. today: the Tour de France 2018 will start one week later than planned and it will thus take place from 7 till 29 July 2018. Furthermore, the UCI announced that the number of riders will be reduced to 8 instead of 9 per team, as asked for by A.S.O. for 2017 already ...

    The dates of the Tour de France 2018: from Saturday 7 till Sunday 29 July 2018

    As usual, the Professional Cycling Council (PCC), of which Christian Prudhomme is one of the members, not directly in his role as the director of the Tour de France but in this case as a "Member designated by the other organisors of the UCI WorldTour, member of the AIOCC", which defines the calendar of the UCI WorldTour.

    During the PCC meeting which took place in Geneva yesterday, the calendar of the UCI WorldTour 2018 was one of the main topics on the agenda and here's what has been decided:
    • maintaining and extending to 5 days (instead of 4) the Abu Dhabi Tour early in the season
    • A travers la Flandre will take place one week later than this year
    • the start one week later of the Tour de France 2018, that is from Saturday 7 till Sunday 29 July 2018 in order to minimise the disruption resulting from the 2018 FIFA World Cup
    • some other modifications in the dates of the events in the second half of the season, following the change of date for the Tour (this concerns the following races: Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian, Tour de Pologne, Binck Bank Tour (formerly known as Eneco Tour), Tour of Spain)

    Here's what the provisional calendar of the UCI WorldTour 2018 thus looks like:

    16-21 Jan 18 Santos Tour Down Under Australia
    28 Jan 18 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race Australia
    21-25 Feb 18 Abu Dhabi Tour United Arab Emirates
    24 Feb 18 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite Belgium
    03 Mar 18 Strade Bianche Italy
    04-11 Mar 18 Paris-Nice France
    07-13 Mar 18 Tirreno-Adriatico Italy
    17 Mar 18 Milano-Sanremo Italy
    19-25 Mar 18 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Spain
    23 Mar 18 Record Bank E3 Harelbeke Belgium
    25 Mar 18 Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields Belgium
    28 Mar 18 Dwars door Vlaanderen - A travers la Flandre Belgium
    01 Apr 18 Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour des Flandres Belgium
    02-07 Apr 18 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco Spain
    08 Apr 18 Paris-Roubaix France
    15 Apr 18 Amstel Gold Race The Netherlands
    18 Apr 18 La Flèche Wallonne Belgium
    22 Apr 18 Liège-Bastogne-Liège Belgium
    24-29 Apr 18 Tour de Romandie Switzerland
    01 May 18 Eschborn-Frankfurt - Rund um den Finanzplatz Germany
    05-27 May 18 Giro d'Italia Italy
    13-19 May 18 Amgen Tour of California United States
    03-10 Jun 18 Critérium du Dauphiné France
    09-17 Jun 18 Tour de Suisse Switzerland
    07-29 Jul 18 Tour de France France
    29 Jul 18 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic United Kingdom
    04 Aug 18 Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian Spain
    04-10 Aug 18 Tour de Pologne Poland
    13-19 Aug 18 Binck Bank Tour The Netherlands/Belgium
    19 Aug 18 EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg Germany
    25 Aug 18 - 16 Sep 18 La Vuelta ciclista a España Spain
    26 Aug 18 Bretagne Classic - Ouest-France France
    07 Sep 18 Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec Canada
    09 Sep 18 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal Canada
    06 Oct 18 Il Lombardia Italy
    09-14 Oct 18 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey Turkey
    16-21 Oct 18 Gree-Tour of Guangxi China

    The programme of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2018 in the Vendée department

    The Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2018Some doubts remained on whether this information was final and confirmed as for the Tour de France 2018 because even though the official Tour de France accounts on the social networks published the new dates (with the image of the map showing the initial dates, like the one shown next to this text), the page dedicated to the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2018 on the official web site still shows the initial dates at the time of publication of this article and the organisor didn't send out a press release to confirm this change. Questioned on this topic, A.S.O. however confirmed me that the informations in the UCI press release are indeed confirmed.

    The programme of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2018 will thus be modified as follows:

    • Wednesday 4 July 2018: opening of the Permanence and the press room
    • Thursday 5 July 2018: team presentation for the Tour de France 2018
    • Saturday 7 July 2018: 1st stage - Noirmoutier-en-Île > Fontenay-le-Comte - 195 km
    • Sunday 8 July 2018: 2nd stage - Mouilleron-Saint Germain > La Roche-sur-Yon - 185 km
    • Monday 9 July 2018: 3rd stage - Cholet > Cholet - team time trial - 35 km
    • Tuesday 10 July 2018: 4th stage - La Baule > ???


    For more information, you can check the article The details of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2018 in the Vendée department in France.

    One less rider per team in the Tour de France, the Tour of Italy and the Tour of Spain

    As the organisors of these races (and of some classics) had decided for 2017 already, before the UCI told them it was not going through, the PCC has decided that, starting 2018, the size of teams taking part in the three Grand Tours will be reduced from the current 9 to 8, thereby reducing the peloton size to a maximum of 176 and assisting in efforts to ensure the safety of the peloton and the rest of the race convoy.

    The PCC also explained that it is intended that the maximum peloton size for other races in the UCI WorldTour and the UCI Continental Circuits will also be reduced to 176, which is not the same as what the organisors had asked for: a maximum of 7 riders per team in the other races.

    An evolution being "tested" in the Tour de France 2017

    After having tested it already in the Tour of Switzerland this year, an evolution will also be tested in the Tour de France 2017 which will start next week in Düsseldorf and which will change the time gap for a split to three seconds – instead of one for the calculation of time gaps in stages expected to have bunch sprint finishes.

    This evolution is intended to address the issue of increased stress and risk during Grand Tour bunch sprints, while retaining the sporting integrity of the sprint and stage.

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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  1. Juste des réactions par rapport à ces informations.
    Le décalage du Tour de France d'une semaine (je n'avais pas compris que le Mondial de foot en Russie aurait un impact sur la France!) afin de maintenir le niveau médiatique du Tour m'oblige à demander un report de ma réservation de vacances à Noirmoutier où j'avais déjà réservé un gîte....J'espère que la propriétaire me l'autorisera sinon ASO paiera-t-il la facture!! Lol
    Le passage à 8 coureurs sur les grands tours ne me parait pas personnellement une bonne décision pour l'économie du cyclisme car les équipes vont embaucher de fait moins de coureurs surtout si le nombre de coureurs est limité sur toutes les épreuves World Tour. Ce passage à 8 coureurs aurait du être jumelé avec le passage du World Tour à 20 équipes, une mise en place de rélégation pour la dernière équipe en fin d'année avec montée de la première équipe Continentale Pro tous continents et 3 invitations maxi d'équipes Continentale Pro par grand tour en privilégiant les équipes italiennes au Giro, françaises au Tour et espagnoles à la Vuelta ce qui donnerait 184 coureurs au départ des grands tours et resterait acceptable sécuritairement.
    Par contre la décision de passer à 3 secondes le temps des écart max sur les étapes clôturées par un sprint massif me parait aller dans le bon sens pour la sécurité des étapes de plat.

    | Pierre LACOUE | saturday 24 June 2017 at 15:14:52

  2. Bonjour Pierre.

    En vacances, ce changement m'a totalement échappé.

    le 10 avril, sur "Détails du depart 2018 de Vendée", j'avais pointé que le Tour serait en concurrence avec le mondial de foot pendant 15 jours dont bon nombre de matches à élimination directe, suggérant donc ce décalage.

    Force est de constater que les huiles de l'UCI sont des lecteurs assidus de Vélowire ...

    Le passage à 8 coureurs : nous en avons déjà débattu, mais le transfert d'un ou deux (bons) éléments vers des équipes moins huppées pourrait permettre un rééquilibrage. Les "bons" coureurs resteront dans le circuit.

    Mais je suis "reticent" au passage de 1 à 3" quand les écarts se resserrent de plus en plus.

    Ciao.

    | André | tuesday 11 July 2017 at 15:39:24

  3. 13 Juillet : Hôtels de DREUX sollicités

    | CYRILLE95 | tuesday 11 July 2017 at 16:51:50

  4. Bonjour
    rien d'étonnant pour Dreux:

    http://www.lechorepublicain.fr/dreux/sports/cyclisme/2016/08/16/dreux-accueillera-le-tour-de-france-en-2018-ou-en-2019_12035809.html
    reste à savoir si ce sera un départ ou une arrivée

    | Julien | tuesday 11 July 2017 at 20:24:49

  5. Quand les hôtels sont réservés c'est à minima un départ afin que les équipes soient au plus proche le matin.

    | CYRILLE95 | wednesday 12 July 2017 at 10:26:19

  6. Bonjour

    Comme chaque année le tour de France débute le samedi de la semaine 27
    Le Tour n'est donc pas retardé mais retrouve ses dates habituelles
    Les dates initiales avaient avancé le calendrier d'une semaine

    Cordialement

    | henri.lafargue | monday 17 July 2017 at 19:07:06

  7. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10211905306900591&set=gm.1400675583351276&type=3

    | Kévin | monday 24 July 2017 at 20:34:19

  8. bonjour
    pouvez vous me communiquer la date de la présentation à Paris du TDF 2018.
    MERCI BEAUCOUP
    PIERRE

    | lescure | saturday 05 August 2017 at 11:21:16

  9. Pierre #8 : mardi 17/10
    A moins que ce soit décalé d'une semaine, comme le départ du Tour !!!!

    | fourchecaudine | monday 07 August 2017 at 17:25:54

  10. https://www.change.org/p/sauvons-marvejols-mende?utm_source=embedded_petition_view

    Voilà une étape

    | AlexandreG | tuesday 05 September 2017 at 23:40:17

  11. Bonjour, il n y a pas de parcours rumeur cette annee?

    | Vince | saturday 09 September 2017 at 13:25:32

  12. Voor treinoverwegen,in Frankrijk.Een tijdelijke brug bouwen met een metalen constructie. Die na de ronde terug wordt afgebroken. En die elk jaar terug kan opgesteld worden.

    | Peeters | saturday 09 September 2017 at 17:53:48

  13. hoi, doe je dit jaar nog een voorspelling voor het parcours van 2018
    groet sjef

    | sjef | wednesday 27 September 2017 at 10:17:07

  14. @sjef : ja, de Franse versie is al sinds 9 september online en heb ik net bijgewerkt. Helaas heb ik vanwege een verhuizing er nog geen tijd voor gehad om de vertalingen te doen. Voorlopig is het dus even behelpen met de Franse versie: Tour de France 2018 : les rumeurs sur le parcours et les villes étapes !

    | Thomas Vergouwen | wednesday 27 September 2017 at 19:51:00

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