Last chance saloon. Crunch time. The final push. Whatever you want to call it, this is one of the few remaining opportunities to genuinely have an impact upon the general classification before the individual time trial. Featuring Col d’Aspin, Col du Tourmalet and Col d’Aubisque within the day’s six total ascents, we can expect serious fireworks if one of the big name contenders chooses to light the touchpaper.
Primož Roglič will be aware that a strong performance today will set him up well for an incredible podium finish when the race reaches Paris. Strong in the time trial as well, a late attack could create a sufficient cushion from his rivals tomorrow and secure a stunning result for the former ski jumper.
Dan Martin has really been enjoying some brilliant form at this year’s race and shall fancy his chances of turning in another eye catching show on this epic stage. With a team strong enough to set him up for the stage win, the Irishman has a great chance of victory today.
Romain Bardet would need to muster something spectacular if he is to cause a stir today, as his showing at 2018’s Tour de France has been a disappointing affair. However, if he is to find glory with one perfect day of riding, then today is certainly that opportunity. An HC climb and tricky descent to end the day, Bardet could still salvage something from his home tour.
Nairo Quintana can still rise up the general classification today, though will struggle to find the same level of freedom which he possessed last week when takeing a stage win. Regardless, even though the Colombian has entered into great form late in the race, he could still cause a degree of panic amongst the leading contenders.
Others to consider are Adam Yates, Bauke Mollema, Mikel Nieve and Rafal Majka.
1st Dan Martin 2nd Romain Bardet 3rd Adam Yates