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L’Étape du Tour 2018 ride report: A game of two halves

'There are more hyper-steep kilometres than I can think of in any major sportive'

Hannah Troop
16 Jul 2018

L'Étape du Tour 2018: Route, how to prepare and essential guide

All you need to know about the 2018 Etape du Tour

The 2018 Etape du Tour is the 28th edition of the mass participation sportive, taking budding amatuers along Stage 10 of next year's Tour de France.

The riders will be treated to a diffuclt day of climbing across 169km, tackling four categorised climbs throughout the day, with 4,000m of ascent in total.

Starting in the lakeside town of Annecy, riders will work their way into Aravis mountain range, with the first climb, the Col de la Croix Fry, coming after 40km.

After a picturesque descent, it will be a climb unknown to the Tour next on the menu.

The Plateau des Gileres will demand full attention as the sportive contests an average gradient of 11% for 7km.

This climb will be made all the more difficult due to the fact 1.5km of its is unpaved. Used as refuge area for resistance fighters in the Second World War, the 15,000 entrants will take on the gravel road at the end of this arduous climb.

A slight rest will welcome the riders for 60km as they enter a vast valley before their final two climbs.

Back to back, the final 40km will see ascents of the Col de Romme and Col de la Colombiere. Taking the riders to 1,618m above sea level the sportivistes will then drop into the finish town of Le Grand-Bornand.

The 2018 edition may avoid some of the Tour de France's most famous climbs such as Alpe d'Huez and the Col du Tourmalet but is sure to impress with impressive mountain views and unpaved gravel roads.

The 2018 Etape du Tour will take place on the 8th July, the same day that the pros will be riding Stage 2 of the Tour de France into La Roche-sur-Yon.

Etape du Tour 2018: Mavic course preview

Turn to page two to find out how we got on riding the 2017 Etape du Tour

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