In this article we will take a look at stage 14 of this year’s Tour De France. Stage 14 is a demanding one for the Tour De France riders to say the least.
With significant hills to climb at considerable gradients, the legs of the riders are sure to be burning as they climb. The stage has a very hard-hitting finale too as the riders climb 3km at an average gradient of 10.2%. Evidently, this is a stage built for endurance strength rather than sheer speed.
For us fans, stage 14 looks set to be a very enjoyable one which could definitely attract a breakaway attempt or two. The finale is bound to be particularly exciting as the riders head up that final climb.
The stage is important for both the yellow jersey and green jersey and it is safe to say that stage 14 is one of the most key stages at this year’s Tour De France.
Stage 14 Tour De France Map And Highlights
Here is the main information you need to know:
- Stage 14 takes place on Saturday 21st July
- A hilly stage
- A distance of 188km
- 10, 6 and 4 second time bonuses awarded to the first three over the line
- Local start time of around 13:10
- Local finish time of around 17:40
The stage begins in Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux and after four steep climbs, the riders finish at the Mende airport.
The first uphill stretch is at Grand Chataignier, which is the least taxing of the three uphills. This covers the relatively short distance of 1km but is ridden at a considerable average gradient of 7.4%.
The intermediate sprint is at Besseges which closely follows this climb, but this sprint is not particularly valuable and offers no time bonuses. The riders go steadily upwards before hitting the next climb at Col de la Croix de Berthel. The average gradient is less than the previous climb at 5.3%, but the riders will cover 9.1km.
The next climb is at Col du Pont sans Eau which is a 3.3km climb at a 6.3% average gradient. The final climb is where the grand finale is. A steep average gradient of 10.2% will be tackled by the riders for a distance of 3km at Crote de la Croix Neuve.
We expect to see some exciting action at this point. Once the crest is reached, the riders cycle for a further 1.5km until they reach the finish point at Mende.
Tour De France 2018 Stage 14 Prediction
This is a stage which is puncheur’s cup of tea and will also be very appealing to break-away artists.
The most likely outcome is a win for a talented puncheur, and we think Julian Alaphilippe and Alejandro Valverde are the favourites to get the victory in stage 14. Daniel Martin is another rider who is capable of winning.
However, much will depend on where the attackers sit after the crest of the final hill climb at Crote de la Croix Neuve. If they are in a good position, one of the attackers may get the win.
No markets are currently available to bet on stage 14 of the Tour De France. In the next few weeks we are expecting to see the Tour De France markets open up, so watch this space!