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…
Tour de France 2018 stage 17: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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Route and profile 17th stage
Profile 17th stage
Bagnères-de-Luchon and Col de Portet at Google maps