The riders left for the neutralized start.
5.7 km to cover through the starting town of Pau before the flag falls.
Mark Cavendish leads the peloton through town.
Latest news on the Tour this morning:
The Bahrain Victorious were raided by police after the 17th stage, as they arrived at the team’s hotel in Pau.
The officers asked to search the riders’ rooms and have access to the training records.
Read the full story here: Bahrain Victorious raided by police at the 2021 Tour de France
Here is what Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has to say about today’s stage:
Dense, tense, selective with the climbs of two giants of the Pyrenees: Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden, where the verdict of the final mountain battle will be known. Climber-type leaders will need to find a way to save enough time in the overall standings over those who are better in time trials.
Today’s stage start time is 1.35pm French time (12.35pm UK time).
Riders are then expected to finish at Luz Ardiden around 5.30pm French time (4.30pm UK time).
Here is the profile of today’s last mountain stage:
Hello and welcome for the live coverage of the last mountain stage of the Tour de France 2021.
The riders will face a short 129.7 km stage, but they will face a fierce ascent of the Col du Tourmalet before a summit finish in Luz Ardiden.