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The only thing that may hold back the racing is the fact that Stage 9 is also brutal, and then it’s a rest day. Even still, Stage 8 should be the first big indication of who does and doesn’t have the legs to compete over the final two thirds of the Tour.Stage 12, July 14 — Monpellier to Mont VentouxGood god, please don’t miss this stage. Mont Ventoux is the most brutal climb of the Tour.
From base to summit riders will be 1,758 meters, or 5,768 feet, higher than when they started, and they’ll get there at [url=https://www.maddenvip.com/]Madden Mobile Coins[/url] over gradients of more than 10 percent in several places on a bald-faced, purgatorial landscape under constant assault by the wind.It’s on July 14, no less, Bastille Day. This stage was designed for Bardet or Pinot, a long flat with one comparatively easy climb so that escapes will be difficult until Ventoux and only the bonnest homme will win.
Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Stage 18, July 21 — Time trial, Sallanches to MegèveThe Tour de France always includes one or two time trials. They tend to be underappreciated despite their significance on the general classification.
There will likely be a lot of more attention on this year’s late time trial than usual, however, because it’s straight up a dang hill. The climb gives the super climb-y types a chance to actually gain some time — or at least, not lose time — on a stage on which they would normally take a loss. And because this time trial is so late in the Tour, it Madden mobile Cheap coins could have a major impact on the yellow jersey.Stages 19 and 20, July 22 and 23— Albertville to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, Megève to Morzine-AvoriazI mean ... I meeeean ... Either of these stages could claim to be the queen stage — that is, the hardest, most decisive and most compelling stage of the Tour.
The fact that Tour de France organizers put them back-to-back AND made them the last two stages of real racing before the coronation parade around the Champs-Elysées seems almost unconscionably cruel.The good news for the riders is that the stages are relatively short, which makes for punchier racing and better viewing, too. The only thing that could take the sting out of these stages is if the yellow jersey holder has opened up an insurmountable lead.