Thursday’s Tour de France menu serves the last alpine battle of this year. Although the peloton does not expect a hell similar to Wednesday on the 175 km route from Méribel to La Roche-sur-Foron, the 18th part of the Old Lady will still not be a drive through the rose garden. Watch the course of the stage from 12.30 in a detailed report on Sport.cz.
On the way to the finish of the stage, cyclists have to overcome five mountaineering bonuses, including a six-kilometer climb of the highest category with an average slope of 11 percent to the Plateau des Gliéres, which was a key base for the Maquis during World War II. The ascent to the top, from which it is still thirty kilometers to La Roche-sur-Foron, spice up a nearly two-kilometer gravel section and the riders will have to cope with up to 15% of the hill in some places.
The leader of the Tour, Primož Roglič, in the royal stage on Wednesday with a twenty-kilometer climb to Méribel, increased the current lead to Tadeje Pogačar for almost a minute, and both Slovenian rivals agreed that the overall triumph is far from decided.
Profile of the 18th stage of the 107th Tour de France
Rather, we can expect any changes in the order of other categories. It will be clear after today’s stage about the owner of the polka dot jersey for the best mountaineer who holds Pogačar, but the five pointed climbs can still shake the order.
|Fight for the polka dot jersey – after the 17th stage|
|1. Pogačar (Slovenian / SAE Team Emirates)||66 points|
|2. Roglič (Slovenian / Jumbo-Visma)||63|
|3. López (Kol./Astana)||51|
|4. Cosnefroy (Fr./AG2R La Mondiale)||36|
|5. Rolland (Fr./B&B Hotels-Vital Concept)||36|
|6. Peters (Fr./AG2R La Mondiale)||32|
|7. Carapas (Ekv./Ineos Grenadiers)||32|
|8. Hirschi (Switzerland / Sunweb)||31|
|9. Door (Austr./Trek-Segafredo)||28|
|10. Kämna (German / Bora-hansgrohe)||27|
|Note In the trip marked as a mountain category, eight competitors score (20-15-12-10-8-6-4-2), in the first category six cyclists (10-8-6-4-2-1), in the second category four competitors (5-3-2-1), in the third category two riders (2-1), in the fourth category only the winner (1 point).|