2018 TdF route

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2018 TdF route

Postby MichaelB » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:30 am

Early days yet, but there seems to be some cracker stages.

CN's 2018 TdF route early details

Some of the interesting stuff is the double ascent of Mur de Bretagne (stage 6 finish), Stage 9 with over 20km of pave over 15 secteurs, Stage 10 with a steep climb and gravel, Stage 11 & 12 with plenty of climbing, and then a 65km stage with over half of it climbing in Stage 17 with Col de Portet (16km at 8.7 per cent) !! :shock:

Will be interesting to see the full profiles and stage details as more analysis is done.

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Re: 2018 TdF route

Postby RobertL » Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:11 pm

I found this quote interesting: "There appears to be fewer opportunities for the sprinters in 2018. Eight stages classified as flat stages, but several of these could be affected by crosswinds and stage 9 includes the cobbles."

Why would 22km of cobbles in the middle of stage 9 particularly disadvantage the sprinters at the end of the stage?

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Re: 2018 TdF route

Postby MichaelB » Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:16 pm

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Re: 2018 TdF route

Postby Mububban » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:51 pm

Ermahgerd!!!

Should make for some great viewing!
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Re: 2018 TdF route

Postby V2rocketeer » Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:26 am

To me the tour and Alpe D' Huez go together.

Stage 12, July 19: Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs – Alpe d’Huez, 175km

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Re: 2018 TdF route

Postby ironhanglider » Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:33 am

The best part is that stage 9 will be run early to avoid a clash with the World Cup final. It means that live viewing might be a sensible option.

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Re: 2018 TdF route

Postby find_bruce » Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:44 am

RobertL wrote:I found this quote interesting: "There appears to be fewer opportunities for the sprinters in 2018. Eight stages classified as flat stages, but several of these could be affected by crosswinds and stage 9 includes the cobbles."

Why would 22km of cobbles in the middle of stage 9 particularly disadvantage the sprinters at the end of the stage?
Cobble sections are narrow which strings the peleton out & riding cobbles is hard work. It is not just in the middle of the race, he final 70 km includes a dozen sectors of cobbles. The pure sprinters like Marcel Kittel will get spat out the back and never see the front of the race again - eg stage 5 in 2014 15 km of cobbles & Kittel, Alexander Kristoff & Andre Greipel all finished 18 minutes down from the winner. Even if the sprinters are with the lead group at the finish, eg in 2015, its likely they will be too sapped to unleash their full speed.

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Re: 2018 TdF route

Postby MichaelB » Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:08 am

It will be interesting to see the trio of Stages 10, 11 & 12 after a rest day and after some cobbles.
I have to laugh at some of the other forumites (elsewhere) where all they do is whinge and moan about how bad the route is.
Hell, I couldn't manage 1 stage over several days !!

The stage that takes in Col du Pre and descends down the Cormet de Roseland (been there and done that bit) was brilliant and a really fast and open descent. can't wait to see that on TV !!!

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Re: 2018 TdF route

Postby MichaelB » Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:09 am

find_bruce wrote:
RobertL wrote:I found this quote interesting: "There appears to be fewer opportunities for the sprinters in 2018. Eight stages classified as flat stages, but several of these could be affected by crosswinds and stage 9 includes the cobbles."

Why would 22km of cobbles in the middle of stage 9 particularly disadvantage the sprinters at the end of the stage?
Cobble sections are narrow which strings the peleton out & riding cobbles is hard work. It is not just in the middle of the race, he final 70 km includes a dozen sectors of cobbles. The pure sprinters like Marcel Kittel will get spat out the back and never see the front of the race again - eg stage 5 in 2014 15 km of cobbles & Kittel, Alexander Kristoff & Andre Greipel all finished 18 minutes down from the winner. Even if the sprinters are with the lead group at the finish, eg in 2015, its likely they will be too sapped to unleash their full speed.


It could also be very variable depending on how it's raced (does A GC guy go on the attack like Nibbles did) and also the weather :!:

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Re: 2018 TdF route

Postby Sharkey » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:10 pm

It is an interesting course with some great stages.

My wife and I are in the early stages of planning a trip to be in Paris for the finish, and perhaps catch a stage or 2 somewhere in the countryside. I would also like to do a ride or 2, preferably one of the mountains a couple of days after the race has climbed it. I did Ventoux last year 6 weeks after the race and the painting and writing on the road was great to see.

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Re: 2018 TdF route

Postby Mububban » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:50 pm

MichaelB wrote:Early days yet, but there seems to be some cracker stages.

......and then a 65km stage with over half of it climbing in Stage 17 with Col de Portet (16km at 8.7 per cent) !! :shock:


The Col Collective just uploaded a preview of stage 17. It looks magnificent:



Let's hope there are no incidents with fans getting in the way, given how narrow those roads get near the summits
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