105. Tour de France 2018 : Stage 15 preview

Distance: 181,5 km
Climbs: 3
Points for the polka dot jersey: 17
Points for the green jersey: 50
Fictive start: 13h10
Real start: 13h20
Estimated finish: 17h34 – 18h02
Village opening: 10h15

23 000 inhabitants, stage-city for the 6th time
– While Ferdi Kubler won the first of five Tour de France stages held in Millau in 1954, the sub-prefecture of Aveyron earned worldwide fame fifty years later with the inauguration of the highest viaduct in the world.
– While the Tour did not stop in town since 1990, Millau was a regular stage of races like the defunct Grand prix du Midi Libre with victories by the likes of Jan Janssen, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Thévenet or Francesco Moser.
– 2,460 m long and 343 m high at its highest point, the Viaduct of Millau stands majestically above the Tarn valley.

47 550 inhabitants, stage-city for the 10th time
– Recent starts given in Carcassonne proved favourable to aggressive riders of various pedigrees.
– Albert Bourlon celebrated July 14 three days early in 1947 by surging from the start of a stage in the medieval city never to be seen again by the rest of the peloton before the finish in Bagneres-de-Luchon. Gone to snatch a bonus, the former worker at a Renault plant in Paris went all the way, staying on his own for 253 km for what remains the longest solitary breakaway in the history of the Tour.

Eine bemerkenswerte Aussage von Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) nach der 14. Etappe:
„I attacked first, and then Thomas was on my wheel. Froome closed the gap and then attacked, and it was Thomas who closed the gap to Froome.“