Stage 17 of the 2018 Tour de France takes place on the 25th of July from Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan. It's a day no fan wants to miss — shortest stage in 30 years, three major climbs and a special grid start to “accentuate” the tension.
Yes, you read that right. Technical director, Thierry Gouvenou was actually quoted in an interview to Marca saying: “We believe that at such a short stage the tension can be cut with a knife and that this start formula will accentuate this situation.”
Tour de France Stage 17 Odds and Betting Information
Given what we know about Stage 17 thus far, we can fairly predict which riders who will be successful in making the most out of this stage. In case you haven’t guessed already, good climbers will have an amazing race should they be able to perform at the level that they are supposed to.
Honestly speaking, the 8.7% climb for approximately 16 kilometers is no joke. We can confidently say that even the best of riders will have trouble tackling this ascend. To make things worse, the two other ascends in this stage at 8.3% and 6.7% will be a true test of the climbing abilities of all riders.
Our predictions for the cyclists to come out on top in this stage are:
- Nairo Quintana
- Adam Yates
- Romain Bardet
- Warren Barguil
- Chris Froome
- Vincenzo Nibali
- Egan Bernal
- Primoz Roglic
In our predictions, the teams with the best odds of winning Stage 17 is no other than Team Sky and Team Movistar. Known for their teamwork, both these teams are definitely the favorites to win if they put their minds to it.
Strategic Information About Tour de France Stage 17
At only 65 kilometers long, this year’s Stage 17 is set to be the shortest normal stage of the last thirty years.
Yet, this could very well turn out to be the hardest. 38 of the 65 kilometers runs uphill. The last 16 kilometres is the race to the finish. Race experts are already dubbing it the “dynamite stage”.
This stage takes cyclists up the mountain and towards the summit of Col de Portet. With an average gradient of over 8% and an altitude of 2,215 m, the Col de Portet has all the assets to become a new Tourmalet.
The climb begins from the get go.
- The race starts with a 14.9 kilometer climb up the Montèe de Peyragudes.
- After the Peyresourde, riders move past the altiport and crest the Peyragudes.
- The second climb is the Col de Val Louron-Azet, which is a 7.4 kilometer toil at 8.3%.
- Following the descent to Saint-Lary-Soulon, riders face the final challenge up the Col de Portet.
The average gradient is 8.7%, but the second, third and last kilometer feature double-digit gradients. The only moment of respite is a 400 meters long flat section.
Predicted Times for Tour de France Stage 17
The 17th stage of the 2018 Tour de France starts at 15:15 and the finish is expected around 17:32 – both local times.
What to Look Out For in Tour de France Stage 17
Riders will be lined up like a Formula 1 race. The starting grid features the top 20 riders in offset rows with the wearer of the yellow jersey in first place.
The rest of the field starts in four groups, depending on the rider’s position on GC. These riders will be spread across a 70-metre section of road and can position themselves freely.
With this grid arrangement, there will be no neutralized zone for riders to find their positions before official kilometer zero.