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. (Slideshow route/profile)

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 of the 2015 race 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 and the hills rise some 450 metres above sea level. The route goes in a straight line to the east, moving past Mayenne, Alençon and Nagent to arrive in Chartres.

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.

Tour de France 2018 stage 7: Route maps, height profiles, and more

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