Tour de France 2018

Stage 14 Overview

Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Mende

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Stage Summary

The 188 km stage 14 route between Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux and Mende was a bear. The wind broke up the groups quickly, and while the climbs were slightly more gentle than in days past, they were relentless. Sagan took the day’s intermediate sprint at 90 kilometers, continuing his dominance of the green jersey, but it was a spectacular showing by Astana’s Omar Fraile during the final climb that would end up cinching the stage win.  There was little movement in the GC standings today, but the tough mountain stages ahead could shake things up. 


Stage Analysis From Best Bike Split

Classified as a hilly stage, the climbs are not overly long but there are several with very steep 10+ % gradient sections. As mentioned in previous summaries, this is where riders with superior watts/kg can really separate from the larger contenders who will need to push well above FTP to maintain connection. Look for attacks on the final climb up Côte De La Croix Neuve, which averages 10.2 percent over 3 km but has sections topping 11 percent.

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