overview of stage 18, map of the route, prediction and start time today – .

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overview of stage 18, map of the route, prediction and start time today – .


The scenes of stage 17 on the slopes of the Col du Portet were to be seen. Tadej Pogacar lit up the Tour de France with the first attack, despite a substantial lead over all of his rivals. Richard Carapaz bluffed to be at the limit all along before attacking in the last kilometer and driving Jonas Vingegaard away. Then Vingegaard returned to the top two in the final 200 meters, before Pogacar showed his dominance by taking the victory in style.
Vingegaard managed to extend his lead over Carapaz to four seconds on Wednesday and he hopes to do the same in the final mountain stage of this year’s race. The Dane took over a minute from Carapaz in the first individual time trial, so the Team Ineos Grenadiers man needs an advantage ahead of the decisive second race against the clock. Can he handle it on Stage 18?

The route includes the famous Col du Tourmalet and the grueling 13 km ascent to Luz Ardiden. If any of the GC runners have anything left, now is the time to put all their cards on the table.

It’s also another day when Mark Cavendish will have to stay alert for the cut-off time as he contemplates tomorrow’s flat stage.

Profile and route map

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Prediction

With two friendly stages for Cavendish and a time trial after today, it’s a realistic last chance for a breakaway to succeed before reaching Paris. For this reason, expect a very quick start as almost all teams with no overall standings ambition try to make the breakaway. The fact that this is a hotly contested stage means that it will probably be a very strong rider who will arrive at the finish. If one of Ineos’ boys is released from his duties as a servant, Geraint Thomas or Tao Geoghegen Hart could fight for victory. But they’ll almost certainly ride for Carapaz, so it could someday be for someone like Dan Martin or Michael Woods.

Start time

Stage 18 is expected to start around 12:30 p.m. BST and is expected to end around 4:30 p.m.

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