The mountain stages are always some of the most entertaining stages in the whole of the Tour De France. Whilst they are enjoyable for us, we don’t suspect the riders share in our enjoyment. Some of the climbs in this year’s mountain stages look painful to say the least!
In this article we will take a look at all six of the mountain stages at this year’s Tour De France.
Tour De France 2018 Mountain Stages – The Details You Need To Know
The riders will enjoy a very well-deserved rest day after stage 9 of the Tour, before taking to the roads for the first mountain stage which will begin three consecutive days of mountain stages.
Stage 10 Tour De France
Stage 10 is a tricky and challenging stage for the competitors to navigate, complete with demanding steep climbs, gravel roads and a downhill finish.
- Date: Tuesday 17th July
- Distance: 158.5km
- Starts in: Annecy
- Ends in: Le Grand-Bornard
- Begins: 11:35 local time
- Expected finish: 17:57 local time
Stage 11 Tour De France
A stage which will take in some beautiful views of the Lac de Roseland. This stage is not as demanding as the previous day but will still be taxing work for the riders with some steep climbs. This stage ends with the first mountain finish of the Tour.
- Date: Wednesday 18th July
- Distance: 108.5km
- Starts in: Albertville
- Ends in: La Rosiere Espace San Bernardo
- Begins: 14:05 local time
- Expected finish: 17:23 local time
Stage 12 Tour De France
A stage which resembles a more traditional Alps stage route and takes in some classic climbs.
A particularly demanding finale at this stage, with a 13.8km climb at an average gradient of 8.1%. The scenery surrounding this stage is absolutely spectacular.
- Date: Thursday 19th July
- Distance: 175.5km covered
- Starts in: Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs
- Ends in: Alpe d’Huez
- Begins: 12:25 local time
- Expected finish: 17:54 local time
Stage 16 Tour De France
After the second rest day on Monday the 23rd July, the riders will take to the next mountain stage which will be ridden in the Pyrenees.
This stage is particularly noteworthy for the descent after the final climb has been crested at Col du Portillon. This descent covers the final 10km of the race, and the nature of the finale will be advantageous to fast descenders.
- Date: Tuesday 24th July
- Distance: 218km
- Starts in: Carcassone
- Ends in: Bagneres-de-Luchon
- Begins: 11:30 local time
- Expected finish: 17:20 local time
Stage 17 Tour De France
The stage which most mountain stage enthusiasts are most looking forward to. Despite being only 65km long, 38km of the route is uphill. This especially brutal stage will probably be the most physically demanding stage of them all at this year’s Tour.
It is tiring just looking at the stats for the final climb to Col du Portet. A 16km climb at an average gradient of 8.7% sounds bad enough, but when you factor in that the final three sectors are the steepest, all in double digit gradients, you can almost feel the burn in your legs.
- Date: Wednesday 25th July
- Distance: 65km
- Starts in: Bagneres-de-Luchon
- Ends in: Saint-Lary-Soulan
- Begins at: 15:15 local time
- Expected finish: 17:32 local time
Stage 19 Tour De France
This is a key stage in the General Classification rankings. For those in the running, this will be the last chance to really impose themselves in the rankings.
There are three climbs covering large distances in this stage at Col d’Aspin where 12km will be covered, Col du Tourmalet where 17.1km will be covered and the final climb at Col d’Aubisque where 16.6km will be covered.
- Date: Friday 27th July
- Distance: 200.5km
- Starts in: Lourdes
- Ends in: Laruns
- Begins at: 12:15 local time
- Expected finish: 17:49 local time
The mountain stages look set to be some of the most crucial in this year’s Tour. Expect blood, sweat and tears from the riders as they traverse the mountain stages at this year’s Tour De France!