Cobbled Roads Could Shake Up the Race
Northern France is famous for its cobbled farm roads, which feature in the spring monument Paris-Roubaix. The 2018 Tour’s stage 9 runs from Arras Citadelle to Roubaix and features multiple segments of the famous cobbles. For light Tour riders who train climb the highest ascents, bouncing over the rough cobbled terrain offers a unique challenge. If it rains during this stage, it’ll be still more difficult, because the cobbled roads turn to mud. When the 2014 Tour de France included seven sectors of cobbles, it rained and Chris Froome was forced to abandon after crashing twice. It’s the only edition of the Tour in the past five years that Froome didn’t win.