Stage 3

Monday July 09 2018 - Cholet to Cholet - 35 km TTT

The team time trial starts in Cholet, the town has hosted the Tour de France three times before in 1936,1998 and 2008.

The TTT sets off on wide boulevards in the centre of Cholet, a  700 metre climb at 5% awaits at Avenue Francis Bouet before the route continues on long straight roads. After 16 kms there's another 700 metre climb at 5% and then it’s off to La Séguinière on a fairly easy course.

After 25 kms the teams hit the Rue de la Bastille, a small street that runs uphill for  a1,500 metres climb at an average of 5%.

The stage travels back to the centre of Cholet on gently rolling roads with a few sharp curves.

The course for the team trial is not too technical nor difficult.

BMC and Team Sky will be pre-race favorites looking to take win early on in the race and to grab those extra time bonuses and possibly a yellow jersey.