Preview: What you need to know about stage 18 of the 2022 Tour de France

Our predictions for stage 18, the final mountain test of the Tour which is surely one for the top GC men.

by Jonny Long

Date: Thursday July 21
Start: Lourdes
Finish: Hautacam
Distance: 143 km

Surely a day for the GC. The riders will have a chance to pray for their chances in Lourdes before the start, hoping for a miracle on the 143 km to Hautacam.

It’s the final mountain test of the Tour as the bunch tackles the Col d’Aubisque (16.4 km at 7.1%) and the Col de Spandelles (10.3 km at 8.3%) before yet another summit finish up Hautacam – 13.6 km long at an average gradient of 7.8%.

Who will win stage 18?

Expect a final GC battle, which will most likely see the overall contenders fight it out for the stage win. Pogačar vs Vingegaard. This is where it ends.

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