Tour De France 2013 Stage 18 Gap To Alpe d’Huez Preview

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Updated: July 17, 2013

Chris Froome stands 4 minutes 34 seconds ahead of closest rival, Alberto Contador, so if anyone has intentions of winning the Tour De France then they will have to attack and beat Froome by a decent amount of time on this stage. Froom only gained 9 seconds over Contador but that is none-the-less disappointing for Contador. The cyclists who wish to win this 168 km stage of  6 climbs will have to have a very strong team backing them up and helping them.

Tour De France 2013 Stage 18 Map Profile

What To Expect 

Two category 3, 2 and high climbs means that any chance of an non-climber to win this stage are more than gone before the race has even started. At Col d’Ornon (third climb of the day) is most likely where we will see the peloton really separate from the front to the back and a break-away group to start getting out of the main pack’s reach. The high climbs are for no amateurs and maybe even the best cyclists that aren’t called Chris Froome could have difficulties on the two high climbs, even the likes of Quintana.

Predictions 

As mentioned before, the team effort will be essential as to who wins this stage and Team Sky have only managed to have a resilient team when they have had to climb two or three mountains where Peter Kennaugh would lead on one and Richie Porte would lead on the next, but this time there are a few more climbs which most likely will prove to be too much for Team Sky. The likes of Quintana and Contador will even struggle, Movistar may be able to break-away on the mountains and stay together as a team but Contador’s team would be less capable of doing that. I think that Quintana will win the stage because he has a team capable of bringing him up the mountain alongside his natural strength on climbs.

 

“Tour De France 2013 Stage 18 Gap To Alpe d’Huez Preview” written by Seb True

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