Tour de France stage 15 stretches from Millau to Carcassonne. It’s going to be the last stage before the second rest day in Tour de France 2018. Let’s see who will win it and enjoy the coloured jerseys for at least two more days.
It’s quite a hilly stage with several climbs. They get more and more difficult the further from the start the cyclists get. However, we can’t say that it’s a particularly mountainous terrain. There are long descents too and some flat terrain as well.
Let’s take a peek at the racers with the best chance of winning on terrain like this. Our cycling experts based these predictions on:
- Cyclists’ previous performances
- Their reputation on similar roads
- Their current shape today
- Their team potential and strength
- Their role in the team
- As well as other strategic information
Tour de France Stage 15 Predictions
First of all, our predictions favour racers, who are fast sprinters. But only those who can climb pretty well. Keeping a steady pace when dealing with elevations will be very important in stage 15.
This stretch of road is exactly like that and will require a wide skillset. So those who specialise in sprinting and flat stages only don’t have a chance. The road to Carcassonne is going to be a serious test for the participants.
As Prudhomme said, it’s a stage that is great for those fighting for the green jersey. Also, for those who will have an advantage from the earlier stages as long as they don’t shy away from some difficult mountain climbs.
Who Will Win Stage 15?
So now we know what kind of a cyclist has an advantage. Let’s see which of the current best racers participating in Tour de France 2018 are like that. Can they actually win this stage?
One of our guesses would be Louis Meintjes. He’s a South African cyclist from UAE Team Emirates. He’s the perfect man for the climbs in this stage.
While not the best climber, he can put these steep climbs behind him with ease. And then, he can capitalize on overtaking other climbers in the straight sections.
Tiesj Benoot from Lotto-Soudal has good odds at stage 15 as well. He is a specialist in rolling stages with many steep climbs and descents. If he is to win a stage in Tour de France 2018, it’s stage 15.
Which Team Will Win Stage 15?
We have three candidates:
- Team Sky
- Team Katusha Alpecin
Team Sky is still one of the best teams even in the major tours. They have an all-rounded team with riders who can help each other out in any situation. In a stage as dynamic as this one, they’ll definitely aim for the win.
Team Katusha Alpecin has more than a few notable riders who can climb well and stay fast. Marcel Kittel, Tony Martin, Ilnur Zakarin and Ian Boswell can all contribute to the team’s victory.
Lotto-Soudal is another candidate with Tiesj Benoot in the front. If it’s not one of the teams above, odds are it will be Lotto-Soudal instead.
Tour de France Stage 15
The stage 15 of this year’s race is of average length. It’s 181.5 kilometres and more than one-fifth of this length are hill climbs of varying difficulty.
There are three steep hills of around 6% inclination. Each one is of different length and the third one is the longest. It stretches for more than 12 kilometres and rises 1.2 kilometres above the sea level.
Between the peaks in this stage, there are long descents. One intermediate sprint is in the 121st kilometre too. The last 40 kilometres feature a long and rather steep descent, which will increase the speed of the race.
The finish line is in Carcassonne at the end of a five-kilometre-long flat section. So, it’s a stage that has a little bit of everything.
Tour de France 2018 stage 15 is a hilly stage with several mountain climbs and fast descents. The versatile riders who can compete on rolling terrain have the best odds.