In 2014, the 6th stage of the Tour de l’Avenir finished in La Rosière. Miguel Ángel López laid the foundation for his overall win by climbing to victory in the ski resort. The next year the Tour de l’Avenir once again visited La Rosière. It was a dramatic day for Gregor Mühlberger, as the Austrian was leading the race when he took a wrong turn in the last kilometre. Guillaume Martin said thank you, and climbed to victory.
Basically, the 11th stage boils down to three huge climbs. The first one is the Montée de Bisanne, which is a 12.4 kilometres toil at 8.2%. The summit is crested at kilometre 26.
Next up is the Col du Pré. The climb up the pass is 12.6 kilometres and averaging 7.7%, so it is similar to the Montée de Bisanne. Yet this time there is an encore in the shape of the Cormet de Roselend. After cresting the Pré a short descent and 4 rolling kilometres run to the foot of the climb, which is 5.7 kilometres and averaging 6.5%. At an elevation of 1,986 metres, the Cormet de Roselend is as high as today’s stage gets.
The riders move over the top before a drop of almost 20 kilometres leads to the departure place of stage 12, Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Job done then? On the contrary. The long and gruelling climb to La Rosière is still waiting. The last ascent amounts to 17.6 kilometres, while the average gradient is 5.8%. The middle section is the most arduous part. Starting at kilometre 7 the road rises at 8.2% for 6 kilometres before the slope flattens out to 4.6% in the last 4.3 kilometres.
The 6th stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné was played out on the same parcours. Pello Bilbao took the day honours, while overall leader Geraint Thomas finished second after an attack in the last kilometre. Daniel Martin, Romain Bardet and Adam Yates rounded out the stage’s top 5.
The first three riders on the line win time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds. The intermediate sprint (at kilometre 11.5) does not come with a time bonus, it’s a sprint for green jersey points.
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
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