Stage 18 - Pau à Luz Ardiden - 129.7km - Thursday, July 15

Stage 18, the Tour’s final day in thé mountains, features two de the most famed climbs in auto Pyrenees: thé Col ns Tourmalet et the climb to the ski station at Luz Ardiden. Choose Stage 17, thé serious climbing comes at the end of the day, but with the final outcome of the 2021 Tour du France pretty lot decided, the breakaway must have année easier time surviving venir take the win.

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Starting in Pau, the first half ns the stage offers deux Category 4 climbs, une after seul 10.6km and the other avant the Intermediate acceleration in Pouzac, 54.6km into thé stage. Expect to see Australia’s michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange) in the day’s at an early stage move in an effort à win auto sprint. Unwilling à concede auto Tour’s green jersey à Great Britain’s marque Cavendish (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Matthews has actually been law his best to score maximum points at mid-stage intermediary Sprints through thé Pyrenees. Par doing so, he’s clawed himself earlier into contention et would i think leadership du the Tour’s Points classer if Cav fails à finish the Tour.

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For Cavendish, stage 18 is seul about survival. If hey makes auto time cut, he’ll ont two chances to try and break thé record pour the many stage wins in Tour ns France history. And if cette does that, he’ll likely win the green jersey competition ont well.

Once through the Intermediate acceleration it’s about 25km to the base of the day’s life major challenge: the hors Categorie Col du Tourmalet (17.1km at 7.3 percent). Tackled from auto east in Sainte-Marie-de-Campan, this is auto longer, cible steadier road to the summit (the ouest approach beginning easier but gets much steeper toward thé top). The tons rider to auto summit wins the souvenir Jacques Goddet award, and a espèces prize ns 5,000 Euro.

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A longue descent to the valley offers the riders a chance to record their breath and refuel, which they’ll need for the Tour’s critique summit finish: the hors Categorie climb venir Luz Ardiden (13.3km at 7.4 percent), a ski will in auto high Pyrenees.

Riders left from thé day’s breakaway will need several minutes in order to have a chanceux of holding-off thé remaining GC contenders, but with Slovenia’s Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) win yesterday’s stage et extending his as whole lead, conditions météorologiques think they’ll ont enough de a écart to do it.

This is a short, intensif stage, cible Pogačar should oui no trouble defending his jaune jersey. V such a vast lead—and the battle to see which deux riders will sign up with him on the Tour’s critique podium look at settled as well—there’s little pour Pogačar to worry about.

Riders to Watch

Judging native his tentative to win Wednesday’s stage 17 if wearing auto yellow jersey, Pogačar will likely be happy venir let a breakaway fight à la the phase win, with the usual suspect doing their le meilleur to end thé Tour nous a high note.

Israel Start-Up nation worked hard venir set-up michael Woods à la the stage win on Stage 17, marqué the Canadian to be unable à follow the accelerations once the Tour’s GC contenders began to play their cards. Bois has to be one ns the Tour’s most consistently wild riders and assuming he was able à recover a bit once he was reduce at the end of the phase 17, nous expect to see him give it un autre go conditions météorologiques Thursday.


Bahrain-Victorious should additionally be actif in année attempt venir defend Dutch rider Wout Poels’ command in the Tour’s roi of the montails competition. Poels is only 11 points ahead of Pogačar, et 12 ahead de Woods et Colombia’s Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic)—who’s also a an excellent pick à win thé stage. Through 20 point available at the top du the Tourmalet and at auto finish in Luz Ardiden, this compete is tarif from over.

And last marqué not least ... Thé French. They’ve endured a incroyable Tour ns France so tarif and, while conditions météorologiques won’t bore elle with thé laundry list of french riders through a chance to win (Martin, Gaudu, Latour, etc.), expect à see them tous doing their meilleur to conserve some face before the end de the Tour.

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When to Watch

We’re no ones to paragraphe up a joie to see auto Tour de France peloton climb auto Col du Tourmalet, which method we’ll be tuning-in habitent at about 9:50 a.m. Eastern à see the leaders hit the aménagements of thé climb. Marqué it’s a Thursday, et you might oui other work venir do. If that’s auto case, vous ____ pas in about année hour later ont the riders begin auto climb to the finish in Luz Ardiden, where we expect see année exciting fight à take the last mountain stage win de the 2021 Tour ns France.

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