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Stage 18

Unlike last year's week-long series of flatter stages back to Paris, the beauty of this year's Tour is that it should stay interesting until the last.

The leader cannot even afford to relax here, even if Paris is just two days away. This is a stage where some have-a-go-hero might give it one last effort over the Col de Richemont and hope that the yellow jersey is not attentive enough, or just plain tired.

Such a scenario is a long shot and, even if it does happen, the teams with the best remaining sprinters will probably help the leader pull things back together for a first bunch sprint in at least five days.

  • 41km: Col de Bois de Serves fourth category climb
  • 57.5km: Col de Marlioz second category
  • 123.5km: Col de la Semine third category
  • 96km: Col de Richemont first category
  • 115km: Col de la Cheminee third category
  • 137km: Col de Giriat second category
  • 147.5km: Col du Berthiand first category

Previously: Bourg-en-Bresse, despite being one of the bigger towns in this area, has never hosted the Tour before.

Don't miss: The finish town has a monastery which attracts many visitors, while the surrounding countryside boasts a thousand lakes.

Food and drink: The famous Beaujolais wine region is not too far away.

Link: Bourg-en-Bresse

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