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Overview of stage 18 of the Tour de France 2022: route map and profile of the 143 km route to Hautacam today

The 2022 Tour de France prepares for a spectacular final duel in the mountains between Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard in stage 18, with the Col d’Aubisque, the Col de Spandelles and the summit finish at Hautacam offering the possibility of a dramatic late turn in the Pyrenees.

Vinggaard maintains its good lead in the general classification in Wednesday’s thrilling finish on Peyragudes, but will know that Pogacar will again throw everything he has in a final push for the yellow jersey.

But the Danish rider will also be aware that if he reaches Hautacam with his advantage intact, he will be almost certain to be crowned winner of the Tour de France under the Champs Elysées on Sunday.

Vingegaard has already passed half of the challenge of the Pyrenees. Although Pogacar won stage 17 at Peyragudes airstrip, the 25-year-old limited the damage to just four seconds and maintains a two-minute, 18-second lead in the standings.

Pogacar’s UAE squad was left with just four members standing on Tuesday after Rafal Majka became the last to retire from the race, but Mikkel Bjerg and Brandon McNulty set a fierce pace throughout and will need to muster the same energy for another great day.

Stage 18 includes three brutal climbs, which start after the first 60 kilometers and after the intermediate sprint in Laruns. The except category The Col d’Aubisque, the longest climb of this year’s Tour de France, will shatter any early escape, but the technical descent would also be just as difficult.

From there, the category 1 climb of the Col de Spandelles averages 8.3% gradient, the steepest of the three and featuring a wild section halfway up, before Vingaard and Pogacar lock in again on the Hautacam.

It will be Pogacar’s last chance to attack Vingaard and try to close the gap to the yellow jersey. With two other stages to come, including the 40 km time trial on Sunday, the Slovenian will have his chance if he makes it a close fight. If Vingaard can still hold on, the yellow jersey will surely belong to him.

Stage 18 profile

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Stage 18 Map

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Stage 18 start time

The stage is expected to start around 12.30pm BST with an expected finish around 4.30pm BST.

How to watch on TV and online today

Tour de France coverage is available this year on ITV4, Eurosport, Discovery+ and GCN+ (Global Cycling Network).

Live races each day will be shown on ITV4 before highlights usually at 7pm each day. The ITV website lists times here.

Eurosport and GCN+ will show every minute of every stage. Find out more about Eurosport coverage here and GCN+ coverage here.

It is also streaming on Eurosport’s Discovery+ streaming service, with broadcast information here.

General classification after stage 17

1. Jonas Vingaard (Lair) Jumbo Visma 67h 53min 54sec

2. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) United Arab Emirates team +2min 18sec

3. Geraint Thomas (Gbr) Ineos Grenadiers +4:56

4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkéa-Samsic +7:43

5. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ +7:57

6. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM +9:21

7. Louis Meintjes (Rsa) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materials +9:24

8. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Bora-Hansgrohe +9:56

9. Adam Yates (Gbr) Ineos Grenadiers +14:33

10. Enric Mas (Esp) Movistar +16:35

Overview of stage 18 of the Tour de France 2022: route map and profile of the 143 km route to Hautacam today

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