Three editions ago the Tour de France offered it’s last cobbles and Tony Martin powered to a rather clean victory. The year before that, La Grande Boucle offered stretches of pavé too, and, in rainy conditions, the race turned out to be much more dramatic. Both pre-race favourites Chris Froome and Alberto Contador were forced to abandoned, while Lars Boom soloed to the win and Vincenzo Nibali rode a perfect race, which ultimately led to the overall that year.
The cobbled stage in the 2018 Tour de France features fifteen stretches of pavé. Totalling at 21.7 kilometres this is the greatest distance of cobbles included in the Tour’s last five ventures onto the pavé.
The highest cobble density is between kilometre 84.5 and kilometre 137 as this section takes in eleven stretches of pavé with the last one Camphin-en-Pévèle. In that same order the sections were included in the 2017 edition of Paris-Roubaix, but while the riders continued to Carrefour de l’Arbre after Camphin-en-Pévèle, they now head for Willems à Hem, which is the final pavé of this year’s Tour de France. It amounts to 1.4 kilometre before the riders leave the cobbles behind with 8 kilometres remaining. The finish is not inside but just outside the Roubaix Velodrome.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprint (at kilometre 59) comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
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 59 and at kilometre 138.5) comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
The 9th stage of the 2018 Tour de France starts at 12:50 and the finish is expected around 16:18 – both local times (scheduled times).
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Tour de France 2018 stage 9: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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