Tour de France 2018 Route stage 18: Trie-sur-Baïse - Pau
Thursday, 26 July 2018 – At 172 kilometres, the 18th stage of the Tour de France runs from Trie-sur-Baïse to Pau. So the race temporarily heads out of the Pyrenees for a likely bunch sprint in one of the most popular host-cities in the history of the Tour de France. (Slideshow route/profile)
Pau and La Grande Boucle belong to each other like a dog to its boss. In last eight editions, the Tour de France visited the town in the Pyrenees’ foothills eight times. More often for a departure, although last year’s race saw a bunch sprint in the streets of Pau with Marcel Kittel speeding to his fifth victory of that edition ahead of Dylan Groenewegen and Edvald Boasson Hagen.
Chances are the 18th stage of the 2018 Tour de France will come down to a bunch sprint, too. It is the last opportunity for the fast men before the grand finale in Paris.
One more thing about the love between Pau and La Grande Boucle. In the race’s history the town was departure place on 52 occasions, while it served as a finish fifty times. The story of Trie-sur-Baïse stands in stark contrast, as the village to the northeast of Tarbes makes its first appearance in the Tour de France.
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