Without doubt, Stage 17 of the Tour de France will be one of the most exciting stages to witness in the Tour de France 2018. This stage will go down in history as it will be the shortest stage ever in to be held in the last three decades.
Taking place on the 25th of July 2018 from Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan, millions of supporters and fans will have their eyes on the riders competing in this challenging stage.
In fact, technical director, Thierry Gouvenou himself has said: “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” in an interview.
Well, now that we have established that Stage 17 is going to be action packed stage, we can’t help but to predict who will be able to make the most out of stage 17 and come out on top. Join us as we analyze riders and teams!
Potential Winners of Stage 17 Of The Tour de France 2018
In short, riders will have to climb, climb and climb in Stage 17 of the Tour de France 2018. Don’t let the fact that ‘Stage 17 is the shortest stage in 30 years’ fool you. With more than half of the route being an uphill climb, this stage will favour capable climbers.
To put things in perspective, riders will experience staggering ascends of up to 8.7% (for 16 kilometeres) in this stage. That said, we have compiled a list of riders whom we think have the best odds of winning Stage 17.
Famous for being a climber and a time trialist, we predict that Chris Froome who also happens to be the defending champions of the Tour de France stands a big chance of taking Stage 17.
Having won four out of the five most recent Tour de France races, Chris Froome will definitely be hunting down the Yellow jersey once again.
On top of winning the race itself, Froome has always been in the running for the King of the Mountains classification. The only rider who can hold him back here is Nairo Quintana.
Now that we have mentioned him, we ought to say that we haven’t seen a better climber than Quintana.
An accomplished climber, Quintana has gone on to win the Mountains Classification in the 2013 Tour de France and many other stages in various Grand Tour races in the recent years. We expect him to do well in Stage 17.
Finishing Tour de France 2017 in third place, Romain Bardet will be aiming to top that achievement in this year’s race.
Known extremely well for his climbing capabilities, we believe that the chances of him winning stage 17 this year is significantly high.
Brief Details on the Stage 17 of the Tour de France
- Takes place on the 25th of July 2018
- Begins in Bagnères-de-Luchon and ends in Saint-Lary-Soulan
- Begins at 1515 hours and is expected to end at 1732 hours; local times are stated