Tour de France 2022 Favourites stage 18: Last chance for climbers

Romain Bardet - Tour de France 2022 Favourites stage 18: Last chance for climbersimage: Cor VosIf you're a bad time trialist and you want to move up in the GC, stage 18 is your last chance to do so. After the race to Hautacam there are two flat stages and a chrono race remaining. (Slideshow route/profile)

Following a short local lap in Lourdes the riders head for Louvie-Juzon and turn left to enter the Ossau Valley. The Pyrenees loom in the distance and shortly another lefthander leads them onto the Col d’Aubisque. They are 60 kilometres underway at that point. On the flat.

The intermediate sprint is situated at the base of the Aubisque. If the battle for the points classification is still open, chances are that the peloton remains bunched until that point in order to give green jersey contenders the opportunity to sprint for the points.

In that case the breakaway will take shape on the Aubisque, meaning that the lead group will feature solely strong climbers. Which makes it more likely that the winner will come from the breakaway.

But, obviously, the perfect scenario for the last mountain stage would be a huge battle among yellow jersey contenders. That the time gaps are so small that every second counts – even the time bonuses at the line. In which case we would see a GC clash on the finish climb.

After the Aubisque (16.4 kilometres 7.1%) the route continues with a long descent before the riders enter the Col de Spandelles (10.3 kilometres at 8.3%). A 15 kilometres downhill takes them to the foot of the last climb of the Tour de France. The road ascends to ski resort Hautacam, is 13.6 kilometres long, and averages 7.8%.

How the race unfolds depends on the GC. So, we’ll update this article during the Tour de France.

Favourites 18th stage 2022 Tour de France

*** Tadej Pogacar, Primoz Roglic, Aleksandr Vlasov, Romain Bardet
** Adam Yates, Daniel Felipe Martínez, Jonas Vingegaard, David Gaudu
* Jakob Fuglsang, Thibaut Pinot, Bauke Mollema, Michael Woods, Nairo Quintana

Another interesting read: route 18th stage 2022 Tour de France.

Tour de France 2022 stage 18: profiles

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