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Alaphilippe, Roglic, Pogacar: 5 reasons to follow the 18th stage of the Tour 

This Thursday marks the last chance for climbers during the 18th stage, between Méribel and La Roche-sur-Foron.

Special envoy to Méribel

After the spectacular final on the Loze pass, above Méribel, the 18e du Tour, this Thursday, will offer a succession of passes during the last alpine stage (175 km). To be continued for …

Time for backpackers?

For backpackers. After the explanation at the top, this Wednesday between Grenoble and Méribel at the Col de la Loze, the Tour leaders could feel the need to breathe, before the final explanation this Saturday during the hilly time trial, drawn between Lure and the Planche des belles Filles (36.2 km), the only timed exercise in the edition. Enough to give a little freedom to the daring ambitious.

Roglic is not allowed to relax

For Primoz Roglic. The Slovakian must always watch his young compatriot Tadej Pogacar like milk on fire. He is assisted in this task by a strong team, Jumbo-Visma. But exercise is nerve-racking. Each step, whatever the profile offered, is a test. He checks the days, must be careful not to relax his attention and concentration.

Pogacar announced the color: he is still aiming for victory

For Tadej Pogacar. In his duel with Primoz Roglic, the Slovenian climber dropped 15 ” in the Loze pass. Always 2e in the general classification, the leader of the UAE Team Emirates ensures: “The Tour is not finished. A gap of 57 seconds is still doable. Anything can happen, I can lose the podium, I can win, it’s going to be a good fight. It will be another complicated day (this Thursday). ” In addition to the white jersey, he wears the polka dot jersey of the best youngster that he will have to defend.

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The Glières plateau

For the Plateau des Glières. The most difficult climb of the day (1390 m; 6 km at 11.2%), 30 km from the finish. A passage steeped in history which takes stony paths. One of the highlights, in terms of images and emotion, of the 2018 edition. A passage that had inspired Julian Alaphilippe who won during the Annecy-Le Grand Bornand stage. The leader of the Deceuninck-Quick Step training had checked the stage. He finds himself in all the good moves in recent days, proof of a desire that has not died down. A new day ahead?

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Ineos to save his Tour de France

For Ineos. The team, deprived of its leader Egan Bernal, must try to save its Tour. Richard Carapaz in the game during the 17e and 18e stages, like others, could once again attempt to illustrate themselves. To try to save what can be saved.

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