Tour de France 2018 Route stage 4: La Baule - Sarzeau
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 – In the 4th stage of the Tour de France the route runs from La Baule to Sarzeau, both located on Brittany’s south-coast. The 195 kilometres course is rolling, as is typical of the Breton landscape, while the race ends on a false flat. Talking about the finish, Sarzeau offers a 4 kilometres finishing as straight as a line.
Arrival place Sarzeau makes its first appearance on the Tour de France. It is likely that the race will see a royal bunch sprint, as the last 4 kilometres are played out on a sheer endless straight, while the final 2 kilometres feature a number of false flat sections. Firstly 200 metres at 3%, then from 1.2 kilometres to 600 meter before the line a stretch at 2%, while the last 300 metres are false flat, too.
Is it a coincidence that Sarzeau is debuting in this year’s Tour? Not really. The new president of the UCI, David Lappartient, is the town’s mayor.
The departure place is not unfamiliar with la Grande Boucle, although its appearances were a while ago. In 1972, the 2nd stage arrived in La Baule with Rik Van Linden taking the win, while the race visited the town in 1988 also. That last visit was unofficial though, as La Grande Boucle started with prelude, which was a combination of an ITT and TTT and the recorded times were not used for the rest of the race. Yet, the fastest cyclist did wear the yellow jersey the next day. Guido Bontempi, currently sports director at Astana, took the credits.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the first intermediate sprint (at kilometre 97.5) is for green jersey points and the second (at kilometre 156.5) for time bonuses of 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Read also: results/race report 4th stage 2018 Tour de France.
Tour de France 2018 stage 4: Route maps, height profiles, and more
Click on the images to zoom
Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Related articles Riders - Tour de France 20 Withdrawals - Tour de France 20 Route and stages - Tour de France 20 GC Favourites - Tour de France 20 More articles
Tour of Valencia 2023: Velasco wins from the breakaway, Ciccone still leader
Tour of Valencia 2023 Route stage 3: Betera - Segunto
Tour of Valencia 2023 Route stage 4: Burriana - Alto de la Cueva Santa
Tour of Valencia 2023: Riders
Tour of Valencia 2023 Route stage 5: Paterna – Valencia
Ruta del Sol 2023: The Route
Ruta del Sol 2023: Riders
Ruta del Sol 2023 Route stage 1: Puente de Génave – Santiago de la Espada
Vuelta 2023: The Route
Cycling Calendar 2023
UAE Tour 2023: The Route
UAE Tour 2023: Riders
Giro 2023: The Route
Giro 2023: Riders
Giro 2023 Route stage 1: Fossacesia - Ortona
Giro 2023 Route stage 2: Teramo - San Salvo
Giro 2023 Route stage 4: Venosa - Lago Laceno
Giro 2023 Route stage 7: Capua - Gran Sasso
Tour de France 2023: The Route
Tour de France 2023: Riders
Tour de France 2023 Route stage 1: Bilbao - Bilbao
Tour de France 2023 Route stage 2: Vitoria-Gasteiz - San Sebastián
Tour de France 2023 Route stage 6: Tarbes - Cauterets
Tour de France 2023 Route stage 9: Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat - Puy de Dôme
Tour de France 2023 Route stage 13: Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne - Grand Colombier
Tour de France 2023 Route stage 14: Annemasse - Morzine
Tour de France 2023 Route stage 15: Les Gets - Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc
Tour de France 2023 Route stage 20: Belfort - Le Markstein
Like our Facebook page and stay on top of all pro-race information!