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TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 18: FINAL MOUNTAIN STAGE (#6)
130 km / 3502m
PAU > LUZ ARDIDEN
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See our 2021 Tour de France page for the best way to view and filter Tour de France stage routes and climbs.
STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 21 (July 18)
Tadej Pogacar (SLO)
82h 56’ 36”
UAE Team Emirates
Jonas Vingegaard (DEN)
83h 01” 56”
00h 05' 20"
Richard Carapaz (ECU)
83h 03’ 39”
00h 07’ 03”
UAE Team Emirates
Côte de Notre-Dame de Piétat
Christopher Juul Jensen (DEN)
Côte de Loucrup
Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
Col du Tourmalet - Sainte Marie de Campan
Pierre Latour (FRA)
Tadej Pogacar (SLO)
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
CLIMB 1 (CAT 4) - CÔTE DE NOTRE-DAME DE PIÉTAT
2.5 km gaining 146m at 5.7%
CLIMB 2 (CAT 4) - CÔTE DE LOUCRUP
1.9 km gaining 142m at 7.4% average grade.
CLIMB 3 (HC #4) - COL DU TOURMALET (JACQUES GODDET PRIZE)
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.
CLIMB 4 (HC #5) - LUZ ARDIDEN
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:
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:
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:
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:
Jacques Goddet Souvenir (Stage 18 Col du Tourmalet) = €5000
Henri Desgrange Souvenir (Stage 15 Port D’Envalira) = €5000