sport“>Follow the 18th stage in the Tour de France here from minute to minute via our Live Widget.
sport“>The highlight of the day seems to be the ascent of the Montée du Plateau des Glières. It is the last climb of this Tour that is ranked in the hors category – the toughest class. After the climb, where you can earn bonus seconds at the top, there is another unpaved stretch of about 2 kilometers up. After that it is another 30 kilometers towards the finish town of La Roche-sur-Foron, where the last 500 meters are slightly up again. The finish is expected a little before 5.30 pm.
sport“>Roglic defends a 57-second lead over his fellow countryman Tadej Pogacar. Colombian Miguel Ángel López is number 3 in the general classification. He has to make up for 1 minute and 26 seconds. This is possible on Thursday in the last mountain stage, while an individual time trial over 36 kilometers will follow on Saturday with the finish uphill in the Vosges.
Preview of Boogerd:
sport“>“Normally we will see the same names of the GC men from the front as the day before. When the race is on, there will be looks, because fatigue has really struck in the peloton ”, Michael Boogerd looks ahead to the eighteenth stage in the Tour de France.
sport“>“With five climbs it is still a very tough last mountain stage, where some can still fall through the ice. You saw in the ride to the Col de la Loze that hardly anyone can do anything extra, except Miguel Angel Lopez who tried it in the lock ”, the Telesport columnist continues.
sport“>“Behind Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar he is third and Richie Porte is behind at a good one and a half minutes. There could certainly still be shifts, but the rankings have been made up for the most part. ”
sport“>Boogerd: „I am curious who and whether someone else will try something, because here too most of them will mainly want to defend their place in the top ten. If Pogacar still wants to win the Tour, he will still have to take some of that 57 seconds behind, because I don’t see that difference in Saturday’s time trial happening. ”
Ⓒ Rias Immink