Tour De France Review – Stage 18: Gap to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne

Today’s stage was won by Romain Bardet from AG2R-La Mondiale. This makes it the second win by a French rider for this Tour. Pierre Rolland (Europcar) was second and Winner Anacona (Movistar) third.

Romain Bardet

Stage Highlights:

  • Today’s stage followed a similar pattern to previous days; a strong breakaway group escaped early on in the stage while Team Sky controlled the pace of the main peloton in an effort to protect current yellow jersey holder Chris Froome (SKY).
  • Romain Bardet (ALM) proved to be the strongest on today’s stage and thoroughly deserved his win. With only 35 kms to go, the young rider, showed real bravado and skill when he broke away on the 25 km descent from Col de Glandon and rode his way to a stage win.
  • After being so active and providing so much colour, viewers missed the great gusto of the current green jersey holder, Peter Sagan (TCS), today. He also lost a lot of time on today’s stage. Is he tired? Or is he saving his legs for the final stage on Sunday? Only time will tell.
  • With just three days remaining, it is a real pity that Louis Meintjes (MTN) had to retire today due to illness; he is the first rider to retire from Team MTN-Qhubeka.

Day in data:

  • There are over 10 mountain passes within a 50 km radius of today’s stage finish in Saint-Jean De-Maurienne, many of the Tour’s great battles have been won and lost on these passes.
  • 1008 km – the total elevation gained on the Col du Chaussy pass in just 16 km; the first time this 18 bend climb will be conquered as part of the Tour de France route.
  • 7 – the number of categorised climbs on today’s stage.
  • 3002.3 km – with only three stages left, the riders have less than 360 km to travel to the finish line in Paris.
  • 37 – the number of riders who retired from this year’s race. Only two complete teams remain: Team Lotto NL – Jumbo and Team Europcar.
  • 12 – the number of consecutive stages Chris Froome has won the yellow jersey.
  • 16.02 km/h – the average speed of Rodriguez (KAT) up Col de Malissol.
  • 16.29 km/h – the average speed of Rodriguez (KAT) as won the 5 KOM points on Col de la Morte. Click here to see the average speeds of the first four riders to crest the climb.
  • 84.56 km/h – the top speed recorded by Frank (IAM) on the descent to Séchilienne. Click here to see the top three speeds recorded on the descent.
  • 48.44 km/h – the speed of De Gendt (LTS) as he won the intermediate sprint at Rioupéroux. De Gent was not the fastest over the line, click here to see the recorded speeds of the other points winners on today’s intermediate sprint.
  • 19.97 km/h – the average speed of Bardet (ALM) as he won Col du Glandon, Gautier (EUC) however, had a higher average speed up the climb. Click here to see the average speeds of the first nine riders up Col du Glandon.
  • 16.89 km/h – average speed up Col du Glandon.
  • 16.11 km/h – the average speed of today’s stage winner, Bardet (ALM), up Lacets de Montvernier.
  • 34.13 km/h – average speed on the stage.
  • 35’ 51” – time between first and last rider.

Stage Winner:

FRA | Romain Bardet | ALM
Stage time: 5h 03’ 40”
Average speed: 36.85 km/h
Speed across finish line: 32.26 km/h

Overall Jersey Leaders:

yellowJersey_sGBR | Chris Froome – SKY | 74h 13’ 31”

GreenJerseyNew_SSVK | Peter Sagan – TCS | 420 points

whiteJersey_sCOL | Nairo Quintana – MOV | 74h 16’ 41”

PolkaDotJersey_sESP | Joaquin Rodriguez – KAT | 68 points

Tomorrow is the second last stage in the Alps. The route from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to La Toussuire – Les Sybelles is ‘only’ 138km but it will be a hard one. Froome is still over 3 minutes in the lead but the attacks will come and we can expect the likes of Quiantana, Valverde, Nibali and Contador trying to redeem themsleves.

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