Tour de France 2018 Favourites stage 18: Back to the fast men
The 18th stage of the Tour de France takes place on undulating terrain. Although the Pyrenees are in the background the fast men do not have to fear they actually have to enter the mountains. The flat finish is in Pau. (Slideshow route/profile)
The previous edition of La Grande Boucle visited Pau with a Marcel Kittel showdown. Dylan Groenewegen and Edvald Boasson Hagen finished in second and third.
The 18th stage amounts to 171 kilometres and when the sprint teams don’t give the breakaway to much leash it should come down to a clash of fast men again. Côte d’Anos is the last climb of the day. The 2.1 kilometres with its 4.6% slope is crested with 18.5 kilometres remaining, so that should not be a problem. The finale is as flat as can be.
The World Champion Peter Sagan himself won two stages, one of them in a bunch sprint. Gaviria was taken down in the crash-marked finale of the 2nd stage before Sagan outgunned Sonny Colbrelli and Arnaud Démare on the line.
Favourites 18th stage 2018 Tour de France
*** Peter Sagan, Alexander Kristoff
** Arnaud Démare, John Degenkolb, Pierre Latour
* Christophe Laporte, Sonny Colbrelli, Timothy Dupont
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