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Stage 18, 2016 Tour de France

On Thursday the riders will tackle the second and final individual time trial of the 2016 Tour de France. The solo effort requires the riders to tackle a 17km route from Sallanches to Megève. The stage includes only 10 metres less of climbing than the first time trial, 650 metres (2,132ft), but is half the distance. The hilly profile will make it difficult for the time trial specialists to contend for victory and a shake-up on the GC is likely.

Date: Thursday, July 21
Start: Sallanches
Finish: Megève
Distance: 17km (10.6mi)
Elevation Gain: 650m (2132ft)

GC standings (click yellow, below):

Tour de France (2.UWT) Berne → Finhaut-Emosson

ZAKARIN Ilnur
1
ZAKARIN Ilnur Team Katusha
2
PANTANO Jarlinson IAM Cycling
3
MAJKA Rafał Tinkoff

FROOME Chris

SAGAN Peter

YATES Adam

MAJKA Rafał

Movistar Team

Comment from race director, Christian Prudhomme:“The format isn’t that frequent on the Tour but it fits in perfectly to the four-day Alpine sequence of the race. Before reaching Megève, the best climbers among the ‘rouleurs’ or the best ‘rouleurs’ among the climbers will find a terrain to express themselves on the tough Côte de Domancy and then in the Côte des Chozeaux.”

Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale): “It’s a TT that suits me, I love the Domancy climb. It’s a real mountain pass. It is a course on which you really want to enjoy yourself.”

Richie Porte (BMC Racing): “I quite like uphill time trials. I think it’s a crucial one. I know I need to have a good time trial and take some time. I think I’ve shown today that I’m climbing well so I take confidence out of [Wednesday].”

Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange): “Hopefully I won’t have any bad day and I won’t lose too much time, but this time trial suits me more than the other one.”

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