• All the thrills, spills and triumph from the 2018 edition of the Tour de France! (Getty)Source: Getty
With the cycling season on hold and lots of people looking for ways to stave off the coronavirus blues, we've got some cycling for you to curl up with! The 2018 Tour de France had all the drama, mountain battles and shenanigans that you associate with the best of the famous race, and these were the pick of the stages.
By
Jamie Finch-Penninger

27 Mar 2020 - 6:19 PM 

Stage 9: Cobbles and Wobbles

After the early stages of the race were mostly about the battle between the sprinters, Stage 9 into Roubaix was the first test for the general classification riders. Australian hope Richie Porte was taken out early, but the fierce fight for the stage and overall positional jostling made for some thrilling watching and a fairytale winner!

Stage 11: The First Mountain Test

The first real mountain stage of the 2018 Tour de France was a chance for the opportunists to get up the road, and for the big climbers in the peloton to establish the pecking order in the fight for the yellow jersey.

With four-time champion Chris Froome attempting the infamously hard Giro-Tour double, many of his rivals sensed the opportunity to attack the British champion on the final ascent of La Rosiere.

Stage 12: Drama on Alpe D'Huez

Crazy fans, thick atmospheric mists and attacking racing that most avid spectators can only dream of! That it took place on the iconic slopes of the Alpe D’Huez was the icing on the cake.

The emergence of Egan Bernal, a cruel crash for Vincenzo Nibali and the spot where one rider would stand up and claim a stranglehold on the yellow jersey.

Stage 16: Oooh! Aaah! What the!

Tear gas, crashes, risky descending and attacking on the climbs - Stage 16 to Bagnères-de-Luchon had it all! If you want drama, this is the stage not to miss.

Stage 17: Short, but very sweet

A 65 kilometre stage with over 3000 metres of climbing packed in was always going to cause some movement on the general classification, and the riders didn’t disappoint! As the race gets closer to Paris, more and more desperation sinks into the GC riders’ moves and that was the case here.

A brilliant race that saw the yellow jersey candidates get aggressive and go for broke on the summit finish of the Col du Portet.

Stage 19: Attack until we drop

A pulsating 200 km of racing from Lourdes to Laruns. Movistar and Lotto NL-Jumbo were keen to show that the race was far from over and they left everything out on the mountains of the Pyrenees.

If you like your racing with attacks from major contenders from a long way out, tactical positioning of teammates and maybe just a hint of motorbike-drafting controversy, then you will love the final mountain stage of the 2018 Tour de France.

If you're looking for more cycling, there's plenty to be found on SBS On Demand. If you're really hanging out for the next big TV date of a race, SBS will be replaying the 2016 Paris-Roubaix (yes, that one) on April 5 from 2130 AEST.