Tour de France 2018 Route stage 7: Fougères - Chartres

Tour de France 2018 stage 7Friday, 13 July 2018 – The 7th stage of the Tour de France sets off in Fougères to arrive in Chartres after 231 rolling kilometres. It’s the longest stage of La Grande Boucle 2018. Expect a fast finishers showdown in the streets of Chartres.

De old town of Fougères is located on a loop of the Nançon river, offering it natural protection. It is as enchanting as an old town could be. Fougères lies on the edge of Brittany, Maine and Normandy.

It’s only three editions ago that the Tour de France visited the town. In the 7th stage Mark Cavendish outsprinted André Greipel and Peter Sagan in Fougères. The last departure was in 2013 when the 12th stage went to Tours, where Marcel Kittel powered to glory.

Stage 7 of the 2018 Tour de France is played out on rolling terrain. The riders pass through the Parc Naturel Régional Normandie-Maine, while the route goes in a straight line to the east, moving through Mayenne, Alençon and Nagent to arrive in Chartres. The Côte de Buisson de Perseigne, which is crested halfway, is the only KOM – 1.6 kilometres at 4.2%. So it is a perfect parcours for fast finishers.

A tight right-hand turn 1.9 kilometres before the line leads to a 700 metres drop, while the finale is rounded out by a 600 metres kick-up at 4% before the last 200 metres are on the flat.

Chartres, a town with one of the best preserved Gothic cathedrals in Europe, hosted the Tour de France twice. In 2012, Bradley Wiggins was in a class of his own winning the ITT to Chartres ahead of his lieutenant Chris Froome, while Stuart O’Grady won a stage in Chartres in the 2004 Tour de France.

Who’s next? Most likely a sprinter.

The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the last of the two intermediate sprints (at kilometre 168 and at kilometre 200) comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.

The 7th stage of the 2018 Tour de France starts at 12:20 and the finish is expected around 17:34 – both local times (scheduled times).

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  • Debbie Arfman

    Where in Chartres is the actual finish line?

    • Harmen Lustig

      Finish is on Avenue Jean Mermoz, just after Rue d’Ablis.

    • Hendrik Eppinga

      we don’t know the exact details yet about the finish line.
      We will receive them later.

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