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
– route 11th stage
Tour de France 2018 stage 11: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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Climb details Montée de Bisanne
Climb details Col du Pré and Cormet de Roselend
Climb details La Rosière
Details intermediate sprint