July 21, Stage 18:
Pinerolo - Galibier Serre-Chevalier 200.5km
- Cycling News
October 19, 2010, 15:49 BST,
July 01, 2011, 7:50 BST
Pinerolo – Galibier - Serre Chevalier
The Tour's highest-ever finish
There probably haven't been many, if any, occasions when the Izoard has been the smallest climb on the day's itinerary, which sums up just how extraordinary this stage is. Starting with the ascent of the huge Agnel climb, "the roof" of this year's Tour, then passing over the spectacular Izoard, the day culminates with the ascent to the Tour's highest-ever finish on the summit of the Galibier. It will be of little consolation to most that this is reached from its easier side. The last 8.5km are tough and should see an intense battle between the podium contenders.
Distance: 200.5 km
Highest point: 2,744m
Category: High mountains
Sean Yates says...
"The Agnello is long and the Izoard is evil. This is the easier side of the Galibier but it's still going to really hurt. For anyone not fighting for a top ten place, today will be a death march, especially with all the time spent over 2000 metres."
Matt White says...
"This stage is the beast. It will bite everyone – some for survival, others for overall glory. Sit back and enjoy."