Tour de France 2018 Route stage 13: Bourg d’Oisans - Valence
Friday, 20 July 2018 – At 169 kilometres, the 13th stage of the Tour de France travels from Bourg d'Oisans to Valence. With the Alps behind the riders descent to the Rhône valley, where a bunch sprint seems to be the most likely outcome. (Slideshow route/profile)
It’s the 18th time the Tour de France leaves from Bourg d’Oisans. Arrivals, that’s another story. No wonder as the village is located at the foot of the climb to Alpe d’Huez.
The last departure from Bourg d’Oisans was in 2013, when the riders faced a tough day in the high mountains. Eventually, Rui Costa soloed to victory in Le Grand-Bornard. This time no demanding cols, the peloton can look forward to a relatively easy day on the road to Valence. The finish should suit fast finishers, but don’t write off the chances of attackers.
In 1996, Chepe González brought an early break home by a late attack in the streets of Valence. It was one of two Tour de France arrivals in the town on the eastern bank of the Rhône. In 2015, André Greipel sprinted to his third stage win of that edition by besting John Degenkolb and Alexander Kristoff in Valence.
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