07/20/2017 05:57 EDT | Updated 07/20/2017 07:02 EDT

Froome aiming for Tour stage win in final day in the Alps

COL DE L'IZOARD, France — Chris Froome and his rivals compete in the ultimate Alpine race of this year's Tour de France, a grueling 179.5-kilometre (111.5-mile) ride up to the Col d'Izoard.

Froome, the defending champion, holds a 27-second lead over Rigoberto Uran and Romain Bardet ahead of Stage 18, which finishes at an altitude of 2,360 metres following a 14.1-kilometre ascent of the famed mountain.

Fabio Aru is in fourth place, 53 seconds behind.

Under bright sunshine, Froome said at the start in the town of Briancon that he will "try to win the stage."

This is the first time in the race's history that a stage will finish at the summit of the Izoard, the scene of some of the race's most memorable feats.