When cyclists take part in the Tour de France, they are doing so under the complete understanding that, despite the route being entirely on roads, they will have to traverse all kinds of terrain. These can be divided into three categories:
- Straight roads
- Hilly roads
- Mountainous regions
These may not be official Tour de France categories, but all the races can be put into one or the other. Today we are going to discuss the potential hilly stages of the Tour de France with special interest in one in particular.
Here is our dissection of the Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle to Espelette route cyclists must traverse during the Tour de France. Also check out some spectacular expert betting odds we’ve come out with to show you just how these stages can be profitable for you.
The Hilly Stages: Who Will Win?
As this moment in time, it’s difficult to say who will win each hilly stage outright. However, we believe that there are a few potential candidates to win the competition.
After correlating all the expert odds we could find, we have accrued all the best figures on the potential winners of Tour de France. Here are our top five picks:
Peter Sagan — 1/2
Fernando Gaviria – 7/2
Dylan Groenewegen – 9/1
Michael Matthews – 10/1
Marcel Kittel – 12/1
As you can see, these are great odds all around and make for some great picks for players wishing to make bets on the Tour de France. Make sure to keep an eye on these odds to ensure that you don’t come off worse when each stage plays out.
Out bet is on Peter Sagan in this scenario as he seems to be the most likely out of the lot to make some winds. Let’s hope he doesn’t let us down!
Tour de France: A 31km Stretch
There are many, many stretches of cycling riders will have to complete before they are recognised as potential winners in the Tour de France.
None could be more difficult than the 31km route between the aforementioned Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle to Espelette which is due to take place in the 3rd Stage on 28th July 2018.
This will be the only individual time trial in the 2018 Tour and riders can expect to roll down and climb up steep hillsides throughout this stretch. It’ll be hard work on their legs, we can assure you, and it will be especially significant as this will be the penultimate stage of the Tour de France.
It will separate the true winners from the losers and all because of those intense hills that mark the end of the competition. Just how hilly is it? Well, we have the stats here to give you an idea.
Tour de France: Hilly Stages Stats
On this particular stretch of the Tour de France (or, officially, the 20th Stages) the time trial will be marked by roughly 4.2 kilometres of uphill climbs with a starting slope of 3.2%, climbing ever steeper to the 6.1% mark. Only a short stretch of 400 metres will provide any respite at a mere 4% at the 12km mark. From then on, the race is a hellish climb of 16.2%.
It’s not all uphill, though! A nice plunge of 2km runs alongside the irregular 2.7km climb with plenty of flat stretches, the steepest being 8% in this portion. The first few metres of Côte de Pinodieta go only up to a tame 4% incline but after that is where the real challenge starts.
For the next 800 metres, the climb becomes a solid 10.5% with the steepest ramp at 21%. The top 3km from the Finish at Espelette, which is almost entirely downhill, will be pretty tiring indeed after all that hill-climbing.
But the 31km stretch means there will be even less time trialling than last year, again beating the record for lowest number of individual time trials in the Tour de France’s history.
Tour de France: The 20th Stage
The first rider will leave the ramp at 12:00 local time and the arrival of the final cyclist at the finish line will be roughly 17:13, however this is only an estimate and this could be much longer or much shorter than predicted.
Again, be sure to check back on those betting odds to ensure they don’t change. They may be fine now but are likely to change depending how the Tour de France plays out.