They’re off and racing in stage 18: The road is about five lanes wide and the sun is hot as race director Christian Prudhomme semaphores the signal to start racing. Today’s stage is built for a breakaway, but who will get in it?
King of the Mountains
With just a flat stage, an individual time-trial and Sunday’s procession to Paris left after today’s stage, the battle for the King of the Mountains title is likely to be settled today.
AG2R rider Benoit Cosnefroy finally surrendered the polka-dot shirt after more than fortnight yesterday, dropping to fourth in the rankings. Tadej Pogacar now leads the classification with 66 points, with Primoz Roglic in second with 63. Miguel Angel Lopez is third with 51 points after his heroic performance yesterday, while Cosnefroy is next on 36 points.
Stage 17 recap …
The French president Emmanuel Macron was pootling along behind the yellow jersey group in a Tour Skoda during yesterday’s stage won by Miguel Angel Lopez and saw Primoz Roglic extend his lead at the top of the General Classification. Jeremy Whittle was there for the Guardian …
The top 10 on General Classification
Primoz Roglic extended his lead over his compatriot Tadej Pogacar yesterday, while Miguel Angel Lopez rode himself on to a podium position with his stage win.
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Stage 18: Meribel to La Roche sur Foron (175km)
From William Fotheringham’s stage-by-stage guide: The last of eight Alpine stages: a saw-tooth profile, with the partly gravel Plateau de Glières 32km from the finish. None of the favourites can afford a bad day here, but it doesn’t have the scary look of the day before. A stage for a break, a last chance for a rider like
Warren Barguil to shine if he has had a poor three weeks.[Narrator’s voice: The curse of Fothers strikes again, as for the third consecutive day, our resident Jonah has tipped a rider who has been forced out of the race through injury.”]
Romain Bardet or
- Today’s roll-out begins at 11.30am (BST)
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