105. Tour de France 2018 : Stage 7 preview


Distance : 231 km
Climbs : 1
Points for the polka dot jersey : 1
Points for the green jersey : 70
Bonus point : 31 km from the finish line
Fictive start : 12h05
Real start : 12h20
Estimated finish : 17h21 – 17h49
Village opening : 9h
Guests :
- Marie-Amélie Le Fur (Parasportswoman, olympic medallist in Beijing, London and Rio)
- Sarah Ourahmoune (Silver medalist Olympic Games
2016 Rio – Boxer)
-Marco Scarponi (brother of Michele Scarponi)
Fougères
20 235 inhabitants, stage-city for the 4th time
– Fougères is renowned for its castle, the best-preserved and largest medieval fortress in Europe. Its architecture and heritage made it a Town of Arts and History.
- Fougères is the city of Albert Bouvet, who passed away last year. Winner of Paris-Tours in 1956, the “bulldog of Fougères” became a journalist, an outstanding race organiser and cobble finder before his tenure as technical director of the Tour de France.
- Destroyed in the 12th century, the fortification of Fougères’ castle was immediately rebuilt in stone and equipped with moats. Its defences were improved over 400 years, making it a real history book of military architecture.

Chartres
42 000 inhabitants, stage-city for the 3rd time
- The prefecture of Eure-et-Loir has received the Tour de France only twice in the past but has witnessed significant events. Young Frenchman Thomas Voeckler seized the overall lead. It was the beginning of a first adventure in yellow on the roads of France for the Alsatian.
- In 2012, the time trial held between Bonneval and Chartres sealed the final victory of Bradley Wiggins, the first by a British rider.
- Notre-Dame de Chartres was one of the largest Gothic cathedrals dedicated to the Virgin Mary in northern France during the 12th and 13th centuries.