Tour de France 2014 Route stage 18: Pau – Hautacam
Thursday, July 24th – Stage 18 travels from Pau to Hautacam, a 145,5 kilometre mountain stage. Riders face the famous Tourmalet before the summit finish to Hautacam. (Slideshow route/profile)
Pau has seen more Tour action than any other town barring Paris and Bordeaux.
The most intriguing factor today is the Col du Tourmalet. At 50 kilometres out, the famous climb will feature just to wear riders down before the final climb., and will not be decisive in itself.
Leading up to the Tourmalet, the route is quite stunning with nice slopes, a small col at an altitude of 470 metres – this bumpy terrain could see a breakaway build up a nice lead. The real fun begins when the riders reach the village of Campan.
Col du Tourmalet is often mis-interpreted as meaning ‘bad detour’, which is quite apt for weary cyclists. The Col featured first in 1910 and is the most climbed Tour mountain.
The climb itself is a treat at the start but brutal at the end. At the base it’s not steep, but the gradient creeps up as it progresses. The total length is 17.1 kilometres with an average gradient of 7.3%.
After the hard work, riders enjoy a descent of 35 kilometres and then it’s back to business again when they reach the base of the final climb to the ski resort Hautacam. It’s the fifth time this ascent is included in the Tour de France. Luc Leblanc won here in 1994, in 1996 Mr 60% Bjarne Riis, in 2000 Javier Otxoa and in 2008 Juan José Cobo took the win.
The climb to Hautacam is 13.6 kilometres long with an average gradient of 7.8%.
Tour de France 2014 stage 18: Images and more
Click on the images to zoom
Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Leave a comment
Related articles Riders and teams - Tour de France 2014 Favourites - Tour de France 2014 Withdrawals - Tour de France 2014 Route and stages - Tour de France 2014 Route - Tour de France 2014 More articles
Tour of Valencia 2021 Route stage 3: Torrent - Alto de la Reina
Tour of Valencia 2021: Riders
Tour of Valencia 2021 Route stage 4: Chilches - Almenara
Tour of Valencia 2021 Route stage 5: Paterna - Valencia
Amstel Gold Race 2021: The Route
Amstel Gold Race 2021: Riders
Amstel Gold Race 2021: Favourites
Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition 2021: The Route
Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition 2021: Riders
Tour of the Alps 2021: The Route
Tour of the Alps 2021: Riders
Tour of the Alps 2021 Route stage 1: Brixen – Innsbruck
Tour of the Alps 2021 Route stage 2: Innsbruck – Feichten im Kaunertal
Tour of the Alps 2021 Route stage 3: Imst – Naturns
Tour de Romandie 2021: The Route
La Flèche Wallonne 2021: The Route
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2021: The Route
Giro 2021: The Route
Giro 2021: Riders
Giro 2021: GC Favourites
Giro 2021 Route stage 1: Turin - Turin
Giro 2021 Favourites stage 1: Ganna's dash for pink
Giro 2021 Route stage 2: Stupinigi – Novara
Giro 2021 Favourites stage 2: First fast finishers showdown
Giro 2021 Route stage 3: Biella – Canale
Giro 2021 Favourites stage 3: Strong sprinters or late attackers
Tour de France 2021: The Route
Tour de France 2021: Riders
Cycling Calendar 2021
Vuelta 2021: The Route