- Aug 31, 2014
Thursday, July 21st • Stage info • Startlist • Roadbook • Rules • Weather: Start, Finish
Starts at 10:51 - Live video from 14:15 - Finish at 17:30 (CEST) • Live ticker • Livestreams
Start Times:The riders will initially start at two-minute intervals, until the final starters, who will go off at three-minute intervals. They will start in reverse order based on the overall classification at the end of the previous stage. The time cut is +33% of the winner's time.
Time Rider Team 10:51 BENNETT Sam BOA 10:53 BAK Lars Ytting LTS 10:55 HOWARD Leigh IAM 10:57 ARCHBOLD Shane BOA 10:59 EISEL Bernhard DDD 11:01 MCLAY Daniel FVC 11:03 GOUGEARD Alexis ALM 11:05 SIEBERG Marcel LTS 11:07 CIMOLAI Davide LAM 11:09 BREEN Vegard FVC 11:11 STANNARD Ian SKY 11:13 KITTEL Marcel EQS 11:15 HALLER Marco KAT 11:17 GUARNIERI Jacopo KAT 11:19 ROWE Luke SKY 11:21 WAGNER Robert TLJ 11:23 KOREN Kristijan CDT 11:25 PETIT Adrien DEN 11:27 BODNAR Maciej TNK 11:29 GATTO Oscar TNK 11:31 LAPORTE Christophe COF 11:33 GENE Yohann DEN 11:35 GROENEWEGEN Dylan TLJ 11:37 TIMMER Albert TGA 11:39 HENDERSON Gregory LTS 11:41 SCHILLINGER Andreas BOA 11:43 SABATINI Fabio EQS 11:45 BONO Matteo LAM 11:47 KRISTOFF Alexander KAT 11:49 VERMOTE Julien EQS 11:51 DEGENKOLB John TGA 11:53 BENEDETTI Cesare BOA 11:55 RICHEZE Ariel Maximiliano EQS 11:57 TOSATTO Matteo TNK 11:59 FONSECA Armindo FVC 12:01 SINKELDAM Ramon TGA 12:03 SOUPE Geoffrey COF 12:05 ENGER Sondre Holst IAM 12:07 CUMMINGS Stephen DDD 12:09 KEISSE Iljo EQS 12:11 COUSIN Jérome COF 12:13 WYNANTS Maarten TLJ 12:15 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC 12:17 LEMOINE Cyril COF 12:19 BERHANE Natnael DDD 12:21 DUMOULIN Samuel ALM 12:23 VICIOSO Angel KAT 12:25 JUUL JENSEN Christopher OBE 12:27 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas CDT 12:29 HAYMAN Mathew OBE 12:31 ALBASINI Michael OBE 12:33 BONNET William FDJ 12:35 GREIPEL André LTS 12:37 HOWES Alex CDT 12:39 ERVITI Imanol MOV 12:41 EDET Nicolas COF 12:43 VAKOC Petr EQS 12:45 ROELANDTS Jurgen LTS 12:47 MATTHEWS Michael OBE 12:49 ROOSEN Timo TLJ 12:51 COQUARD Bryan DEN 12:53 RAST Gregory TFS 12:55 CURVERS Roy TGA 12:57 KIRYIENKA Vasil SKY 12:59 ARASHIRO Yukiya LAM 13:01 CANCELLARA Fabian TFS 13:03 CRADDOCK Lawson CDT 13:05 VOSS Paul BOA 13:07 DUCHESNE Antoine DEN 13:09 IRIZAR Markel TFS 13:11 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt DDD 12:13 HOLLENSTEIN Reto IAM 13:15 PERICHON Pierre-Luc FVC 13:17 VANMARCKE Sep TLJ 12:19 DURBRIDGE Luke OBE 13:21 STUYVEN Jasper TFS 13:23 PIBERNIK Luka LAM 13:25 VAN BAARLE Dylan CDT 13:27 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald DDD 13:29 MARTENS Paul TLJ 13:31 LINDEMAN Bertjan TLJ 13:33 VACHON Florian FVC 13:35 BURGHARDT Marcus BMC 13:37 HANSEN Adam LTS 13:39 MARTIN Tony EQS 13:41 VALGREN Michael TNK 13:43 GRMAY Tsgabu Gebremaryam LAM 13:45 DELAPLACE Anthony FVC 13:47 TEKLEHAIMANOT Daniel DDD 13:49 SAGAN Peter TNK 13:51 BARTA Jan BOA 13:53 SCHÄR Michael BMC 13:55 GAUTIER Cyril ALM 13:57 JEANNESSON Arnold COF 13:59 GALLOPIN Tony LTS 14:01 NAESEN Oliver IAM 14:03 OLIVEIRA Nelson MOV 14:05 SICARD Romain DEN 14:07 ROY Jérémy FDJ 14:09 COPPEL Jérôme IAM 14:11 VICHOT Arthur FDJ 14:13 ELMIGER Martin IAM 14:15 SLAGTER Tom Jelte CDT 14:17 ANACONA GOMEZ Winner MOV 14:19 LUTSENKO Alexey AST 14:21 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Jon MOV 14:23 GESCHKE Simon TGA 14:25 SORENSEN Chris Anker FVC 14:27 GRIVKO Andriy AST 14:29 FARIA DA COSTA Rui LAM 14:31 LOSADA Alberto KAT 14:33 TIRALONGO Paolo AST 14:35 GASTAUER Ben ALM 14:37 JEANDESBOZ Fabrice DEN 14:39 PLAZA MOLINA Ruben OBE 14:41 VOECKLER Thomas DEN 14:43 CHEREL Mikael ALM 14:45 ROUX Anthony FDJ 14:47 POLANC Jan LAM 14:49 KONRAD Patrick BOA 14:51 TEN DAM Laurens TGA 14:53 FEILLU Brice FVC 14:55 KISERLOVSKI Robert TNK 14:57 MATE MARDONES Luis Angel COF 14:59 PREIDLER Georg TGA 15:01 FUGLSANG Jakob AST 15:03 SEPULVEDA Eduardo FVC 15:05 BENNETT George TLJ 15:07 DURASEK Kristijan LAM 15:09 MOINARD Amaël BMC 15:11 ALAPHILIPPE Julian EQS 15:13 DE GENDT Thomas LTS 15:15 CHAVANEL Sylvain DEN 15:17 SANCHEZ Luis-Leon AST 15:19 BAKELANTS Jan ALM 15:21 DUMOULIN Tom TGA 15:23 STETINA Peter TFS 15:25 IMPEY Daryl OBE 15:27 ROSA Diego AST 15:29 VAN AVERMAET Greg BMC 15:31 HUZARSKI Bartosz BOA 15:33 LANDA MEANA Mikel SKY 15:35 NIBALI Vincenzo AST 15:37 MORENO Daniel MOV 15:39 KELDERMAN Wilco TLJ 15:41 POELS Wouter SKY 15:43 NAVARRO Daniel COF 15:45 SCHLECK Frank TFS 15:47 MORABITO Steve FDJ 15:49 PAUWELS Serge DDD 15:51 MAJKA Rafal TNK 15:53 POZZOVIVO Domenico ALM 15:55 CARUSO Damiano BMC 15:57 ZAKARIN Ilnur KAT 15:59 KANGERT Tanel AST 16:01 ZUBELDIA Haimar TFS 16:03 PANTANO Jarlinson IAM 16:05 BUCHMANN Emanuel BOA 16:07 VUILLERMOZ Alexis ALM 16:09 BARGUIL Warren TGA 16:11 CLEMENT Stef IAM 16:13 NIEVE ITURRALDE Mikel SKY 16:15 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC 16:17 ROLLAND Pierre CDT 16:19 THOMAS Geraint SKY 16:21 HENAO MONTOYA Sergio SKY 16:23 REICHENBACH Sébastien FDJ 16:26 RODRIGUEZ Joaquim KAT 16:29 KREUZIGER Roman TNK 16:32 MEINTJES Louis LAM 16:35 MARTIN Daniel EQX 16:38 ARU Fabio AST 16:41 VALVERDE Alejandro MOV 16:44 PORTE Richie BMC 16:47 BARDET Romain ALM 16:50 QUINTANA Nairo Alexander MOV 16:53 YATES Adam OBE 16:56 MOLLEMA Bauke TFS 16:59 FROOME Christopher SKY
Mountain passes & hills:
Current GC standings:CyclingQuotes.com said:Since the time trial on the Alpe d’Huez climb in 2004, Tour de France organizers ASO have not had a mountain time trial in their race. The dramatic images of enormous amounts of fans clearly put the safety into question and it seems that ASO have not dared to take the risk of having another mountain TT which would surely attract an unprecedented number of spectators. However, one of the novelties of the 2016 route was the decision to include a time trial that is as close to a mountain TT as one can possible get. However, as it is not held on a mythical climb and includes both a flat section and a descent in the end, it has attracted far less attention than a usual mountain TT would get and hopefully we won’t see the same dangerous scenes as we saw 12 years ago.
For the GC riders, the safety may be less of a concern. Mountain time trials are usually the most important stages as the real climbers can gain huge times here. The climb in stage 18 is less steep and not a real mountain so the gaps will be smaller but there is little doubt that this stage is going to be one of the most important of the entire race.
The stage will bring the riders over 17km from Sallanches to Megève. The riders will stay in the valley for the first three kilometres, following the L’Arve River, but then the climbing hostilities will begin. A right-hand turn leads them into the mountains as they hit the Cote de Domancy. It’s a 2.5km climb with an average gradient of a massive 9.4%, with the final two kilometres even averaging more than 10%. The first time check will be taken at the top after 6.5km of racing.
The next kilometre will be almost flat and then the road slowly starts to climb at a gradient of 4-5% for the next three kilometres. Along the way, the second time check will be taken at the 10km mark. Then it’s time for the final climb, the Cotes des Chozeaux (3.1km, 5.4%) which is very irregular as two kilometres average more than 8% while the rest of the climb is almost flat. The final time check will be taken one kilometre from the top which comes with 2.5km to go. The final part of the stage is slightly downhill but with almost no turns, meaning that it is not a place for great descenders to gain time. There are only one turn and two roundabouts to handle in the finale, with the final obstacle coming 100m from the line.
As said, mountain time trials are usually more important than any other stage. With no tactics, it all comes down to climbing skills and this means that the climbers can create huge differences. These stages always suit the climbers and TT skills mean nothing in this kind of stage. However, this stage is different than those usually seen in the Giro and the Vuelta where the riders face a real mountain. The real climbers will only really excel on the steep first climb while the more powerful guys will benefit from the flat start and the relatively easy gradients later in the stage. That makes it more comparable with the Col d’Eze time trial which is known from Paris-Nice. Still it’s a day for GC riders and climbers and not for time triallists and there is no chance that Tony Martin or Fabian Cancellara will be in the mix for the stage win. On paper, it’s a great stage for Chris Froome who is both a great climber and powerful on the easier gradients but Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana, Richie Porte and Thibaut Pinot have all excelled in similar stages before. Much will depend on recovery and freshness at this late point of the race on a stage that will play a big role in determining the winner of the race.
Megève last hosted the finish of a major bike race at the 2004 Criterium du Dauphiné when Iban Mayo won a tough 5km prologue with less than a second over Tyler Hamilton. Lance Armstrong was third, one second behind the Basque who would go on to have a great race and later abandoning the Tour de France after a poor performance.
Withdrawals Stage 17:
DNS: CAVENDISH, Mark (Team Dimension Data) - Olympics
DNS: DENNIS, Rohan (BMC Racing Team) - Olympics
DNF: IZAGIRRE, Gorka (Movistar Team) - crash
DNF: BOŽIČ, Borut (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) - two crashes
DENNIS (BMC) BRESCHEL, LANGEVELD (CDT) BOŽIČ (COF) CAVENDISH, RENSHAW (DDD) TULIK (DEN) LADAGNOUS, PINEAU, PINOT (FDJ) FRANK (IAM) MØRKØV, VAN DEN BROECK (KAT) DEBUSSCHERE (LTS) HERRADA, G. IZAGIRRE (MOV) GERRANS (OBE) CONTADOR (TNK) THEUNS (TFS)
179 of 198 riders remain in the race.
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