Tour de France 2018 Favourites stage 11: Stellar climbers in explosive race

Warren Barguil - Tour de France 2018 Favourites stage 11: Stellar climbers in short mountain stageThe 11th stage in the Tour de France amounts to merely 108 kilometres while it takes in four climbs. Chances are the race comes down to a war of attrition with a high pace from the start. (Slideshow route/profile)

The climbs of the 11th stage are Montée de Bisanne (12.4 kilometres at 8.2%), Col du Pré (12.6 kilometres at 7.7%), Cormet de Roselend (5.7 kilometres at 6.5%), and the final haul up to La Rosière (17.6 kilometres at 5.8%). So that’s almost 50 kilometres of uphill racing – slightly less than half the route’s distance.

Presumably, GC-ambitions will be lost on these slopes. But who is most likely to strike a blow when it comes to winning the stage? Last year’s Tour de France featured a similar short and explosive climb stage, which came down to Quintana/Contador/Landa/Barguil clash, all riders who had seen their overall ambitions turn sour. Barguil won the four-up sprint – although, that race’s finale was on descent.

A similar scenario is conceivable. GC-riders holding each other in a stifling grip, thus giving other good climbers out of GC-contention the opportunity to battle it out for the day honours.

Favourites 11th stage 2018 Tour de France

*** Robert Gesink, Adam Yates, Warren Barguil
** Alejandro Valverde, Romain Bardet, Richie Porte, Chris Froome
* Bauke Mollema, Ilnur Zakarin, Wilco Kelderman, Vincenzo Nibali

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