2018 Tour de France Mountains Preview

Col de la Colombière

Let’s Rank the Climbs Bonjour, bienvenue en France. It’s time for another Tour de France Mountains Preview. It’s an interesting set of mountains this year. There are lots of old friends (Alpe d’Huez, Tourmalet, Aubisque, Madeleine, Croix de Fer, Peyresourde, etc.). But the route has a few fun innovations: some “hipster” 3rd-way-up climbs, some gravel, and I am guessing that many of you have never even heard of the highest and toughest climb in the entire race: © Will Col de Portet has just recently been paved, and will be the highest and toughest climb in the 2018 Tour de France. I visited when it was gravel. I (probably incorrectly) count 53 categorised climbs this Tour the same as last year and similar to the 56 two years ago, and 57 three years ago. There are six mountain stages versus five last year, four mountain-top finishes versus three last year, ...

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