Tour de France 2021: Stage 18 Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

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FIETS
80.6 mi
DISTANCE
11,491 ft
GAINED
1.2 %
AVG. GRADE

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INTRO

Climbs of Stage 18 (Final Mountain Stage - #6):
2) Côte de Loucrup (category 4)
3) Luz Ardiden (HC)

This is the 6th and final mountain stage of the 2021 Tour de France.  The Jacques Goddet prize is earned for the first rider over Col du Tourmalet on this stage.  Stage 18 is the only stage that features 2 HC climbs - Col du Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden. 

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Côte de Notre-Dame de Piétat (category 4):  5.7% grade, 0 descent; 28.4% of climb at 0-5% and 71.3% at 5-10%; steepest 500 meters is 7.3%

Côte de Loucrup (category 4):  7.4% and 0

Col du Tourmalet - Campan (HC):  7.5%, 11m descent; 49% of climb at 5-10%, 26% at 10-15% and .6% at 15-20%; steepest 500 meters 12.1% and 1 km 10.8%

Luz Ardiden (HC):  7.6%, 10m descent; 46.5% at 5-10%, 26% at 10-15% and 3% at 15-20%; steepest 500 meters 10.5%, steepest km 9.9%.
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graph, profile grid, elevation, distance chart, Tour de France 2021, Stage 18, Pau to Luz Ardiden

TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 18:  FINAL MOUNTAIN STAGE (#6)

130 km / 3502m

PAU > LUZ ARDIDEN

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STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 21 (July 18)

Individual standings

Rider

Time

gap

Team

1

Tadej Pogacar (SLO)

82h 56’ 36”

UAE Team Emirates

2

Jonas Vingegaard (DEN)

83h 01” 56”

00h 05' 20"

Jumbo-Visma

3

Richard Carapaz (ECU)

83h 03’ 39”

00h 07’ 03”

Ineos Grenadiers

KOM Standing

Rider

KOM Points

Country

Team

1

Tadej Pogacar

107

Slovenia

UAE Team Emirates

2

Wouter Poels

88

Netherlands

Bahrain Victorious

3

Jonas Vingegaard

82

Denmark

Jumbo-Visma

Climb:

Category

Winner

Points Awarded

Bonus points

Strava KOM

Time/speed (mph)

Côte de Notre-Dame de Piétat

4

Christopher Juul Jensen (DEN)

1

Lars Boom

5:11 / 18.3

Côte de Loucrup

4

Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)

1

Thibaut Pinot

4:20 / 17

Col du Tourmalet - Sainte Marie de Campan

HC

Pierre Latour (FRA)

20

David Gaudu

50:35 / 12.7

Luz Ardiden

HC

Tadej Pogacar (SLO)

40

Andrew Feather

39:57 / 12.2

Official pre-race summary for Stage 18 (July 15):

LAST CHANCE FOR CLIMBERS

After the brilliant win of Tadej Pogacar at col du Portet, it’s hard to expect the Tour de France to be turned upside down in the last Pyrenean stage but the riders have yet to climb two giants: the Tourmalet via La Mongie and Luz Ardiden. The yellow jersey holder felt “pure joy” when he recognized his girlfriend and his parents on the road side 5km before the end yesterday but he’s more likely to let a breakaway go after that. It’s the last chance for Colombians to make it up for the frustration. Rigoberto Uran is no longer in the top 3 overall. Nairo Quintana has failed to conquer the polka dot jersey where he won three years ago. Has Miguel Angel Lopez kept all his energy for this day? Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden can hardly disappoint…  letour.fr - Stage 18

THE CLIMBS OF STAGE 18 OF THE 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE

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CLIMB 1 (CAT 4) - CÔTE DE NOTRE-DAME DE PIÉTAT 

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2.5 km gaining 146m at 5.7%

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CLIMB 2 (CAT 4) - CÔTE DE LOUCRUP

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1.9 km gaining 142m at 7.4% average grade.

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CLIMB 3 (HC #4) - COL DU TOURMALET (JACQUES GODDET PRIZE)

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16.9 km gaining 1267m at 7.5% average grade

The Jacques Goddet Souvenier is an award and cash prize for the first rider over Col du Tourmalet.

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CLIMB 4 (HC #5) - LUZ ARDIDEN

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13.2 km gaining 1008m at 7.6% average grade

EXPLANATION OF KING OF MOUNTAIN, KOM POINTS AND BONUS POINTS

FOR THE 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE

KOM Defined:  Climb-related points are accumulated during the race.  The rider with the most accumulated points at the beginning of the stage wears the red polka dot jersey that day, and the rider with the most points at the end of the race is crowned that year’s Tour de France King of the Mountains.

“Category”:  When the mountain classification (King of the Mountains) was introduced in 1933, there were points given to the first ten riders over the summit (ten points for first, one point for tenth).  In 1947, the Tour introduced two climb “categories” with a certain amount of points for the second category and twice as many as for the first category.  Over the years “categories” were added, in addition to an “Above” category (Hors or HC), and since 1979 there have been an HC (hardest), Category 1 (second hardest) on down to Category 4 (least difficult climb).

The category of the climb is significant for two reasons:

  • The points awarded for the TdF KOM for each climb is based upon the category of climb - thus, “category” is the basis for the points that are used to determine each year’s King of the Mountains.
  • Most cycling fans, particularly Grand Tour fans, are very interested in the climb “category” because that tells them how hard each climb on a stage is and where the riders will struggle more and the point in a stage where that day, or even the entire tour, will be won or lost.

KOM History:  King of the Mountains -- Mountain Classification victories (first recognized in 1933; jersey introduced 1975)

Points:  KOM points are awarded in two ways on the Tour de France:

  •  To riders first over the summit of categorized climbs (in descending order HC, 1-4).  
  • The higher the category the more riders receive points (HC points are awarded to eight riders, while CAT 4 points are awarded to only one rider).
  • Bonus point (see below).

TDF Points Formula:

Wikipedia has the best summary and graph we’ve seen for TdF KOM points distribution:

The points gained by consecutive riders reaching a mountain top are distributed according to the following classification:

Wikipedia: Mountains Classification - Tour de France.

Bonus Points:  These points go towards the King of the Mountain designation and are awarded to the rider(s) reaching designated summits in the race.  

This year’s points are given at the top of the following climbs:

Stage 2: Mûr-de-Bretagne (first passage)

Stage 7: Signal d’Uchon

Stage 8: Col de la Colombière

Stage 11: Mont Ventoux, second passage

Stage 14: Col de Saint-Louis

Stage 15: Col de Beixalis

Money Prizes for KOM Winners:

  • Prize for First to Fourth place:
  • Winner = €25,000
  • 2nd = €15,000
  • 3rd = €10,000
  • 4th = €4,000, 5th €3,500, 6th €3,000, 7th €2,500, and 8th €2,000
  • Daily prize for wearing the Polka Dot jersey = €6,000
  • Per category climb:
  • HC
  • 1st = €800
  • 2nd = €450
  • 3rd = €300
  • Cat 1
  • 1st = €650
  • 2nd = €400
  • 3rd = €150
  • Cat 2
  • 1st = €500
  • 2nd = €250
  • Cat 3
  • 1st = €300
  • Cat 4
  • 1st = €200

Jacques Goddet Souvenir (Stage 18 Col du Tourmalet) = €5000

Henri Desgrange Souvenir (Stage 15 Port D’Envalira) = €5000