This stage will have to stay, even though rated as the hardest in 2017 it was also praised as the best one. The mighty Swartberg Mountain is making another return to the 2018 route and to cap it all, she boasts a mountain top finish. The queen stage will again be challenging, but those views make up for the effort. It will elevate riders more than 2500 meters vertically finishing at close to 2000m above the sea.
This stage leaves Oudtshoorn in an Easterly direction negotiating the foothills of this great mountain as riders slowly find their way to the top. The final 8km is straight up to the best finish of any mountain bike race – the World Heritage site of Swartberg Mountain welcomes each and every one to its beauty and splendour.
The overall yellow and pink jersey wearers should be decided here, tomorrow is Champagne day!