In the final Alpine stage of this Tour de France, a number of tough climbs are again on the programme. The finish is not uphill, but after a descent of ten kilometres.
The first climb of the day, the Cormet de Roselend, will look familiar to Tom Dumoulin. In 2018 the Dutchman made an attack here together with his then teammate Søren Kragh Andersen and finished second in the stage.
Dumoulin did not attack during the climb two years ago, but took the legs in the descent, in an extreme attempt to make up time on the big favourite for the final victory Geraint Thomas.
See here the images of Dumoulins attack in the descent of the Cormet de Roselend:
The then rider of Team Sunweb did not take half measures. At a speed of 93.5 kilometres per hour he whizzed down the mountain together with teammate Kragh Andersen
That attack did not bring Dumoulin the desired result. Thomas overtaken him, even won the stage and took over the yellow jersey from Greg Van Avermaet, only not to give it up again.
Dumoulin crossed the line in second place in the stage and finished the 2018 Tour in second place in the general classification, ahead of Chris Froome and his current teammate at Jumbo-Visma Primoz Roglic.
Chance of repetition small
The ride went in 2018 from Albertville to La Rosière Espace San Bernardo. At that time the mountain of the first category was at the end of the eleventh stage, today the Roselend is the first climb of the eighteenth stage. So the chance of another classification rider going on the attack here seems small.
Indeed, after the Roselend, four more climbs will follow, including one of the first category and one of the outer category. The finish will not be uphill this time, but the last few metres will not be flat at all. The stage therefore offers an excellent opportunity for the attackers, but also the favourites for the yellow will try to gain time wherever possible.
Herman van der Zandt dived into the history of the descent of the Cormet de Roselend, where several riders already made their way out of the corner: