9 Things You Should Know About the 2018 Tour de France Course

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There’s a Gravel Climb
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The 2017 Strade Bianche in Italy Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty Images5/9

There’s a Gravel Climb

Gravel riding is one of the hottest trends in cycling these days and the Tour de France plainly did not want to be left out. Stage 10 runs from Annecy to a mountaintop finish on Le Grand-Bornand. That sounds straightforward enough, but the stage also includes the climb up the Plateau des Glières. Portions of the route are not paved, which will make it more taxing on the riders’ legs and increase the risk of a puncture or other mechanical problem. Thanks to his experience with Italy’s gravel roads in the Strade Bianche, Vincenzo Nibali could make time here. Though this stage won’t likely decide the race, it could inject some suspense into the Tour’s second week of racing. 

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