Tour de France 2018 Route stage 17: Bagnères-de-Luchon - Col de Portet

Tour de France 2018 stage 17Wednesday, 25 July 2018 – The 17th stage of the Tour de France goes to the summit of the Col de Portet. The route is only 65 kilometres long but half of it is uphill. Although being the shortest road stage of the 2018 Tour, this could very well turn out to be the hardest. The race ends with a sweeping 16 kilometres haul to the finish at the summit.

The shortest stage in last year’s Tour went to Foix and was a sensational ride. After fireworks from start to finish Warren Barguil outsprinted Nairo Quintana, Albert Contador and Mikel Landa on the line in Foix.

The 17th stage of the 2018 Tour starts in Bagnères-de-Luchon and the first peak is crested at kilometre 15. The climb to the Montée de Peyragudes is 14.9 kilometres, so it’s all systems go once the flag is dropped. It’s a double-barrelled ascent, consisting of the Peyresourde and the actual Peyragudes.

The Col de Peyresourde is 13.7 kilometres at 6.9%. Last year it was the run-in to the finale at Peyragudes Altiport. On the steep arrival Romain Bardet bested his rivals, while Mikel Landa left his then leader Chris Froome behind.

Unlike last year the riders turn left after the Peyresourde to move past the altiport and crest the Peyragudes after another 1.2 kilometre of climbing. Then they plunge down to Loudenvielle.

The second climb is the Col de Val Louron-Azet, which is a 7.4 kilometres toil at 8.3%. The KOM points are up for grabs where Claudio Chiappucci took a stage victory back in 1991. This time, the riders have 37 kilometres left to race.

Following the descent to Saint-Lary-Soulan the riders face one more challenge, which is the extremely demanding closing climb to the summit of the Col de Portet. The 16 kilometres ascent is averaging 8.7%, while the 2nd, 3rd ánd last kilometre are the steepest sectors, all with double digits gradients. Only one moment of respite for the tired legs when the climb flattens out to a false flat after 7 kilometres. Yet, this section is only 400 metres…

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