In 2013 Le Grand-Bornand hosted its last arrival of the Tour de France. Back then, the 19th stage finished in the ski resort after a 2.5 kilometres descent from the summit of the Col de Croix Fry. Rui Costa took the win solo, while Andreas Klöden and Jan Bakelants came in second and third.
This time the climbing starts on the Col de la Croix Fry. After approximately 30 kilometres the 11.3 kilometer climb at 7% looms and following a long descent the steep climb up the Plateau des Gières rises. It’s a 6 kilometres torture at 11.2% with an extra sadomasochistic element in the last 2 kilometres as this sector climbs on a dust road. As a reward another long descent welcomes the rider.
Following a modest in-between climb it’s the quiet for the storm for slightly over 20 kilometres. On flat roads the riders race to the last two ascents. Firstly Col de Romme, an 8.8 kilometres climb that is averaging 8.9%. Following a short drop the Col de la Colombière is the last obstacle: 7.5 kilometres of climbing with an average gradient of 8.5%. The ensuing descent into Le Grand Bornand is 15 kilometres at almost 6%.
Tour de France 2018 stage 10: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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Profile 10th stage
Climb details plateau des Glières
Climb details Col de Romme and Colombière
Annecy and Le Grand-Bornand at Google maps
Streetview mud road plateau des Glières