Tour de France 2024 Favourites stage 18: Attackers in the Alps

Mathieu van der Poel - Tour de France 2024 Favourites stage 18: Attackers in the Alpsfoto: Cor VosThe riders traverse the Alps in the 18th stage of the Tour de France. Not the high peaks, but the foothills. Along the way, they tackle about 3,100 metres of climbing over 179.5 kilometres. On paper, a perfect setup for attackers. (Slideshow route/profile)

Because stages 19 and 20 will push them over all those high Alpine peaks, it’s likely the top riders will save their energy for that. Plus, the final part of the race to Barcelonnette isn’t too tough, so the potential time gained isn’t worth the effort.

Still, it’s set to be an exciting race, with a fierce battle expected for the breakaway. There are five climbs spread evenly along the route. Starting with the Col du Festre (3.9 kilometers at 6.3%) after about 30 kilometers, climbing continues on the Côte de Corps (2.1 kilometers at 7.2%), Col de Manse (5.1 kilometers at 3.7%), Côte de Saint-Apollinaire (7 kilometers at 5.5%), and Côte de Demoiselles Coiffées (3.6 kilometers at 5.4%). There’s 40.4 kilometers left to race at that last summit.

After a few flat kilometres, the riders descend to the shores of Lac de Serre-Ponçon, the second largest artificial lake in Europe. From the southernmost point of the reservoir, the road ascends 2.7 kilometres at 4.5% to Le Lauzet-Ubaye, followed by another 16 kilometres of gentle uphill to Les Thuiles.

The final 9 kilometres of stage 18 are entirely flat.

As mentioned, we anticipate an attacker to prevail in Barcelonnette. Will it be from a small group or solo…?

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

Favourites 18th stage 2024 Tour de France

*** Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert, Matej Mohoric
** Ben Healy, Neilson Powless, Alberto Bettiol, Magnus Cort
* Derek Gee, Michael Matthews, Davide Formolo, Romain Grégoire

Another interesting read: route 18th stage 2024 Tour de France.

Tour de France 2024 stage 18: route, profile, video

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