Tour Diary – Stage 18

Deep into the third week of the tour and there is no chance to rest. Stage 18 sees the riders ascend Alpe D’Huez not once, but twice. And with rain forecast, it may be made even more challenging, especially the tricky and untested (at the TDF) descent from the Col de Sareene. Froome will be put under serious stress by the other teams on this descent and anything could happen, but the precarious descent is some 40km from the finish and is followed immediately by the second climb back up the Alpe. So, barring a catastrophic crash by the Sky Team rider, his form to date suggests he will finish with or in front of his GC rivals.


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