Stage 18

There are twenty-one stages to the Tour de France 2018 and on Thursday the 26th of July, the riders will commence Stage 18.

Stage 18 of the Tour de France 2018 will see the riders race from Trie-sur-Baïse to Pau and it’s currently being categorised as a flat stage. Whilst the route does take riders through the Pyrenees for a short stint, this essentially means that Stage 18 is one for the sprinters.

In today’s guide we’ll be looking at Stage 18 of the Tour de France in more detail, including

  • Which riders and teams are expected to win Stage 18 of the Tour de France 2018
  • The odds on these riders
  • When and where the stage will take place
  • Points of interest within the Stage 18 route
  • When and where the riders will be challenged

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Who is Likely to Win Stage 18 of the Tour de France 2018?

As we’ve just mentioned, Stage 18 is expected to be won by a sprinter. This is because it’s considered to be a flat stage.

What’s more, Stage 18 is crucial to those vying for a Points Classification prize, as it’s the last chance the fast riders will get to make up time before the finale sprint finish in Paris.

In last year’s Tour de France, the race route also visited Pau, where sprinter Marcel Kittel took the stage.

It’s predicted Kittel will do the same this year.

Yet there are other, younger sprinters, who will also have their eyes on the prize.

Below we have listed all the riders who are considered to be favourites to win Stage 18 of the Tour de France 2018. They are listed from most likely to win to least likely to win.

  • Dylan Groenewegen
  • Marcel Kittel
  • Fernando Gaviria
  • Mark Cavendish
  • Sonny Cobrelli
  • André Greipel
  • Magnus Cort Nielsen
  • Peter Sagan
  • Michael Matthews
  • Alexander Kristoff
  • Arnaud Démare

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Tour de France Stage 18 Odds

As you can see from the list of favourites, Marcel Kittel took the stage in Pau in last year’s race. In 2018 he is expected to be pipped to the post by the young Dylan Groenewegen.

Although there aren’t currently many bookmakers offering specific odds on Stage 18 of the Tour de France 2018 just yet, a closer look at the top three favourites to win this stage can give us some insight into who may win.

Below we have looked at some of the most popular odds on the top 3 favourites to win this stage of the race:

  • Dylan Groenewegen
    Odds on Dylan Groenewegen being the Points Classification winner of the Tour de France 2018: 7/1
    Odds on Dylan Groenewegen winning any stage of the Tour de France 2018: 1/4
  • Marcel Kittel
    Odds on Marcel Kittel being the Points Classification winner of the Tour de France 2018: 12/1
    Odds on Marcel Kittel winning any stage of the Tour de France 2018: 17/20
  • Fernando Gaviria
    Odds on Fernando Gaviria being the Points Classification winner of the Tour de France 2018: 7/2
    Odds on Fernando Gaviria winning any stage of the Tour de France 2018: 4/9

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Tour de France 2018 Stage 18 Time Schedule

Stage 18 of the Tour de France 2018 will be held on Thursday the 26h of July and the stage will begin in Trie-sur-Baïse. This is a small town in the Hautes-Pyrénées department of south-western France, and this is the first time the town has been included in the Tour’s route.

The stage is expected to begin at 13:00 (GMT) and is estimated to finish around 16:50. This means that the fastest riders will complete Stage 18 in just short of four hours.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 18 Route

As we’ve just noted, Stage 18 of the Tour de France 2018 will begin in Trie-sur-Baïse and finish in Pau. The route has a total distance of 171 km, which means it’s one of the shorter flat stages of the race.

Whilst Stage 18 has been categorized as a flat stage of the race, the fact that the route is located within the Pyrenees means that it isn’t without its challenges.

Below we’ve highlighted some of the main points of the route which could be problematic for some riders, and where some riders may have the chance to gain ground.

The Main Route Points of Interest

  • Côte de Madiran
    There are two main hurdles in Stage 18 of the Tour de France 2018, the Côte de Madiran and the Côte d’Anos. The first, the Côte de Madiran, is a climb of 1.2 km at a 7% incline, which could cause some riders to fall behind. The Côte de Madiran section of this stage also includes the King of the Mountains challenge for the day, at kilometre 53.5.
  • Côte d’Anos
    As we’ve just mentioned, the second challenge in Stage 18 of the Tour de France 2018 will come at the Côte d’Anos. This involves a climb of 2.1 km at a 4.6% incline. We predict that at this point in the route everything could be up for grabs, as there is still 18.5 km remaining in the stage.
  • Entering Pau
    After the riders have reached the crest of the Côte d’Anos, they will then have to manage on the flat for 6.5 km, which also includes a hairpin turn.
    This could be crucial for the sprinters who will by now be leading the peloton. The route then plunges and on entering Pau, there is a false flat. Riders will also need to watch out for a sharp bend which occurs with just 1.2 km to go.