The Final Climbing Stage Includes the Highest Paved Road in the Pyrénées
The Tour organizers have designed the 2018 course with the goal of creating suspenseful racing until the very last stages. Whether they’ve succeeded remains to be seen. The final mountain stage comes on stage 19 and includes the Col de Aspin, Col du Tourmalet, and Col de l’Aubisque. The Tourmalet is the highest paved road in the Pyrénées and first appeared in the Tour de France in 1910. It’s also the site of Eugène Christophe’s famous crash in which he broke his fork and was penalized for allowing a blacksmith’s assistant to help him fix it. The Tourmalet is a classic Tour climb that’s appeared in the race on 85 occasions. This is the last chance saloon for the climbers. Stage 20 is a time trial.