The 2018 Tour de France may be the most intriguing edition in years. Many years. Let’s run through the reasons quickly.
Tour de France 2018 Live Coverage
This is going to be a dramatic Tour both on and off the road, from Noirmoutier-en-l’Île to Paris and the Champs-Élysées. Here’s how to watch it all.
Chris Froome is vying to join the Five Yellow Jersey Club, tying the non-asterisked record.
Speaking of asterisks, Froome was briefly barred from the Tour because of a doping investigation that miraculously got cleared up five days before Stage 1.
Froome is also riding with a Giro d’Italia victory in his legs, which should mean he’s tired, and more vulnerable than ever to challengers.
And what a group of challengers — Romain Bardet, Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali, Adam Yates, Richie Porte, Tom Dumoulin, and more — all with diverse skillsets and unceasing hunger to topple Froome.
They’ll be riding a course that’s light on individual time trial kilometers and rife with cobbles and new, steep climbs that will test every discipline of rider.