This time next week, the announcement will be made in Paris about the complete route of the 2018 Tour de France and as ever, the rumour mill has been in full force as to where the route will go.
Although only the location of The Grand Depart has been officially announced (Vendée in North West France) Le Dauphiné newspaper have released details of what they believe three of the Alps stages will be: Annecy to Le Grand Bornand, then Albertville to La Rosiere, followed by Bourg St Maurice to Alpe d'Huez.
The Annecy stage includes a section of almost 2km of gravel, which the organisers are apparently saying they aren't going to tarmac over. This 151km stage will come after a rest day in Annecy.
Alpe d'Huez hasn't been included in the route for the last 3 years, so the stage from Bourg to the 21 bends will make a welcome return.
Le Dauphiné are predicting a date of 19th July 2018 (stage 12) for Bourg to Alpe d'Huez, but we'll have to wait until this time next week to hear the definitive details.