Who knew that an uphill cycling race stage would be so exciting. Yesterday in the Tour de France the handful of leaders battled it out to gain time over their rivals. Some succeeded, some not.
The race is now between three riders, Chris Froome the race leader, and two joint second place riders, Rigoberto Uran and Romain Bardet. The previous second place rider, Fabio Aru, lost time, and is now fourth.
My predictions yesterday weren’t too far out. But then we’re into the final stages of the race so one would expect the leaders to show.
My thoughts on Stage 18,
- Today is the defining stage of the tour, where any weaknesses will be uncovered. The mountain top finish on a huge climb means that significant time can be lost or gained. See the stage profile below to see how harsh.
- Chris Froome is my choice to remain the tour leader, though by what time margin I can’t imagine.
- Maybe there’ll be a breakaway again today, though I can’t see anyone doing what Roglic did yesterday. Therefore, the finish will be like stage 17.