Indian sports lovers will be treated to the grandest of cycling spectacles this July. The â€˜Tour De France 2018â€™, one of the most awaited events on the annual cycling circuit, will be broadcast live on DSport, Discovery Communicationsâ€™ premium sports TV channel.
The three-week, intense 21-stage race will kick start on July 7 from Noirmoutier-en-l'ÃŽle, a small island off the Atlantic coast of France. DSport will broadcast live all 21 stages of the 105th edition of the race for the cycling enthusiasts between July 7 and 29.
The 105th edition of Tour De France will have a total of 176 riders across 22 teams competing in the 21-stage race covering 3,351 km to emerge victorious. The Tour will be the shortest of the century and this will be the fifth time a tour has set out from the VendÃ©e department. The race will pan across eight Flat Stages, five Hilly Stages, six Mountain Stages and three Altitude Finishes. The 2018 Tour de France will include a total of 26 mountain climbs or hills and altitude finishes. The participants will get a two-day rest in between the tour. The tour moves across various geographical locations; across 12 in the Alps, four in the Massif Central and 10 in the Pyrenees. This year, the tour will be even more competitive with climbs from the Alpe dâ€˜Hues and Col de Tourmalet that have never been featured in any of the previous editions.
Total prize money of around 2.3 million Euros will be awarded to the teams and riders, including 500,000 Euros to the winner of the final individual general classification. With big names like Chris Froome, Nario Quintaa, Romain Bardet and Richi porte, DSport brings all the action to fans in India, to witness the grandeur of this tournament rated consistently among the top 10 spectacles in sports in the world.