Tour de France 2018 Favourites stage 10: Mountain stage with downhill finale

Thomas De Gendt - Tour de France 2018 Favourites stage 10:The 10th stage on the Tour de France travels over four peaks to conclude with a 15 kilometer descent. Will it be up the a bunch of attackers or are the GC-riders going to battle it out? Two skills are definitely needed if you want to win this stage: climbing and descending. (Slideshow route/profile)

La Grande Boucle’s 10th stage travels over the de Col de Croix Fry (11.3 kilometer at 7%), Montée du Plateau des Gières (6 kilometres at 11.2% and partly unpaved), Col de Romme (8.8 kilometres at 8.9%), and Col de la Colombière (7.5 kilometres at 8.5%) to conclude with 15 kilometres on descent. Is the breakaway going to hold on until the end, or are we going to see a GC-clash?

In case of a successful breakaway, we should expect the best climbers to battle it out on the Colombière. Obviously, the first rider(s) over the top can capitalize on his/their advantage on the drop down to the line. And a rider like Pantano may not be the best climber in the world, he definitely knows how to fly down mountains. He did so in winning the 2016 Tour de France stage to Culoz, while he recently showed his descending skills in the Volta a Catalunya’s 5th stage.

As odds are the break will last until the end. So it would be smart to occupy one of the vacant seats in the front group. Plausibly, the break takes shape on the Col de Croix Fry. Who to expect? Obviously, strong climbers with adventurous minds – the likes of Thomas De Gendt, Robert Gesink, Lilian Calmejane, Wilco Kelderman, Jarlinson Pantano, Pierre Rolland…

If the race comes down to a GC-clash good descenders and fast finishers enjoy an advantage. The name of Alejandro Valverde springs to mind, while Vincenzo Nibali and Chris Froome surely will want to put pressure on their rivals on descent. Since the descent of the Peyresourde in 2016’s Tour de France the four-time winner is holding a new weapon: downhill. Of course this weapon has been part of the Shark’s combat tactics for ages…

Favourites 10th stage 2018 Tour de France

*** Vincenzo Nibali, Thomas De Gendt, Jarlinson Pantano, Alejandro Valverde
** Julian Alaphilippe, Pierre Latour, Warren Barguil, Wilco Kelderman
* Chris Froome, Marc Soler, Adam Yates, Robert Gesink, Lilian Calmejane

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