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Tour de France 2015, stage 18 – Chris Froome maintains lead as Romain Bardet celebrates stage win

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There is a French roar in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. Romain Bardet ha his fists clenched, hands in the air, the finish line is in sight. A tremendous battling performance from the AG2R rider. It’s a French one-two as Pierre Rolland follows shortly after.

main Bardet took the sharp hairpin turns of Les Lacets de Montvernier with supreme confidence, holding of a charging group of eight riders to win Stage 18 in Saint Jean de Maurienne. Bardet was a pre-Tour de France dark horse candidate to contend for the yellow jersey. He has fallen short of those expectations, but a late win in the Alps makes up for that a bit. The stage win was the first of the 24-year-old Frenchman’s career.

Bardet actually gained time on the chase during his impressive climb, beginning the climb 38 seconds over the pack and finishing at 42 seconds at the start of the final descent into the finish. Bardet’s effort was the highlight of the day over what was yet another ineffectual general classification battle.

Once again, any attacks on Chris Froome were eventually reeled in. Alberto Contador appeared to get away from the yellow jersey group of approximately 20 riders with 45 kilometers remaining, but Contador had too much road to cover and was eventually pulled in. Vincenzo Nibali and Alejandro Valverde made moves just before the lacets, but Froome quickly latched onto their wheels, snuffing out danger.

The general classification contenders finished together, roughly three minutes back. There will be little change in the yellow jersey standings heading into Stage 19.

The most movement was in the King of the Mountains competition. Bardet, Joaquim Rodriguez and Jakob Fuglsang all jumped Froome in the polka-dot jersey standings. Rodriguez and Bardet are tied for the lead at 68 points. Fuglsang might have had grander ambitions, but he crashed when he was nicked by a motorcar at the lead of the chase containing Bardet.

Presentations

Romain Bardet, at the age of 24, is a great white hope for French cycling. A future Tour winner? Maybe. He showed true grit today. He’s received his plaudits on the stage and here comes Chris Froome.

Froome is given the yellow jersey, a bunch of flowers and, like one every stage, a cuddly lion, which is probably the best bit.

Stage 18 top five

1 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 05:03:40
2 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar +33
3 Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team +59
4 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing +59
5 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team +59

General classification after stage 18

Bardet repeated his trick from the Dauphiné, breaking well to seal an impressive solo win. That victory is enough to lift him up into the top ten in the overall standings and makes him the highest Frenchman in the GC, above Warren Barguil:

1 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 74:13:31
2 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team +03:10
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team +04:09
4 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky +06:34
5 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo +06:40
6 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo +07:39
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team +08:04
8 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling +08:47
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing +12:06
10 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale +13:02

OVERALL TIME STANDINGS: STAGE 18

Rank Dossard Name Country Team Time Gap
1 031 Christopher FROOME GBR SKY 74h13’31” 00”
2 051 Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS COL MOV 74h16’41” 3’10”
3 059 Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE ESP MOV 74h17’40” 4’09”
4 039 Geraint THOMAS GBR SKY 74h20’05” 6’34”
5 041 Alberto CONTADOR ESP TCS 74h20’11” 6’40”
6 131 Robert GESINK NED TLJ 74h21’10” 7’39”
7 001 Vincenzo NIBALI ITA AST 74h21’35” 8’04”
8 181 Mathias FRANK SUI IAM 74h22’18” 8’47”
9 141 Bauke MOLLEMA NED TFR 74h25’37” 12’06”
10 012 Romain BARDET FRA ALM 74h26’23” 12’52”
11 082 WARREN BARGUIL FRA TGA 74h26’39” 13’08”
12 161 Andrew TALANSKY USA TCG 74h28’49” 15’18”
13 121 Pierre ROLLAND FRA EUC 74h29’33” 16’02”
14 218 Serge PAUWELS BEL MTN 74h31’37” 18’06”
15 066 Samuel SANCHEZ ESP BMC 74h31’42” 18’11”
16 021 Thibaut PINOT FRA FDJ 74h52’55” 39’24”
17 188 Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ COL IAM 74h59’11” 45’40”
18 003 Jakob FUGLSANG DEN AST 75h00’53” 47’22”
19 014 Mikael CHEREL FRA ALM 75h02’26” 48’55”
20 044 Roman KREUZIGER CZE TCS 75h04’25” 50’54”
21 013 Jan BAKELANTS BEL ALM 75h05’02” 51’31”
22 053 Jonathan CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS ESP MOV 75h05’03” 51’32”
23 071 Tony GALLOPIN FRA LTS 75h06’32” 53’01”
24 057 Gorka IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI ESP MOV 75h07’22” 53’51”
25 006 Tanel KANGERT EST AST 75h17’38” 1h04’07”
26 192 Jan BARTA CZE BOA 75h22’49” 1h09’18”
27 147 Bob JUNGELS LUX TFR 75h25’01” 1h11’30”
28 133 Steven KRUIJSWIJK NED TLJ 75h26’11” 1h12’40”
29 091 Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER ESP KAT 75h27’14” 1h13’43”
30 019 Alexis VUILLERMOZ FRA ALM 75h28’51” 1h15’20”
31 086 Simon GESCHKE GER TGA 75h32’35” 1h19’04”
32 036 Nicolas ROCHE IRL SKY 75h35’08” 1h21’37”
33 046 Michael ROGERS AUS TCS 75h36’15” 1h22’44”
34 123 Cyril GAUTIER FRA EUC 75h38’46” 1h25’15”
35 072 Lars BAK DEN LTS 75h42’23” 1h28’52”
36 045 Rafal MAJKA POL TCS 75h42’53” 1h29’22”
37 118 Rigoberto URAN URAN COL EQS 75h43’13” 1h29’42”
38 127 Romain SICARD FRA EUC 75h44’24” 1h30’53”
39 156 Ruben PLAZA MOLINA ESP LAM 75h46’58” 1h33’27”
40 047 Peter SAGAN SVK TCS 75h47’55” 1h34’24”
41 174 Luis Angel MATE MARDONES ESP COF 75h49’46” 1h36’15”
42 214 Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG RSA MTN 75h51’16” 1h37’45”
43 129 Thomas VOECKLER FRA EUC 75h52’34” 1h39’03”
44 167 Daniel MARTIN IRL TCG 75h53’13” 1h39’42”
45 136 Bram TANKINK NED TLJ 75h57’20” 1h43’49”
46 155 Nelson OLIVEIRA POR LAM 75h58’17” 1h44’46”
47 164 Ryder HESJEDAL CAN TCG 75h58’19” 1h44’48”
48 108 Adam YATES GBR OGE 75h59’52” 1h46’21”
49 062 Damiano CARUSO ITA BMC 76h01’25” 1h47’54”
50 035 Richie PORTE AUS SKY 76h01’37” 1h48’06”
51 149 Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE ESP TFR 76h03’14” 1h49’43”
52 007 Michele SCARPONI ITA AST 76h04’22” 1h50’51”
53 004 Andriy GRIVKO UKR AST 76h04’30” 1h50’59”
54 067 Michael SCHÄR SUI BMC 76h05’03” 1h51’32”
55 011 Jean-Christophe PÉRAUD FRA ALM 76h08’36” 1h55’05”
56 097 Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL ESP KAT 76h08’46” 1h55’15”
57 219 Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT ERI MTN 76h09’13” 1h55’42”
58 189 Marcel WYSS SUI IAM 76h13’18” 1h59’47”
59 052 Winner Andrew ANACONA GOMEZ COL MOV 76h15’49” 2h02’18”
60 069 Danilo WYSS SUI BMC 76h16’47” 2h03’16”
61 165 Kristijan KOREN SLO TCG 76h18’08” 2h04’37”
62 183 Sylvain CHAVANEL FRA IAM 76h19’31” 2h06’00”
63 026 Matthieu LADAGNOUS FRA FDJ 76h19’46” 2h06’15”
64 034 Wouter POELS NED SKY 76h19’50” 2h06’19”
65 204 Pierrick FEDRIGO FRA BSE 76h20’27” 2h06’56”
66 184 Stef CLEMENT NED IAM 76h22’23” 2h08’52”
67 175 Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA ESP COF 76h22’32” 2h09’01”
68 084 Koen DE KORT NED TGA 76h24’19” 2h10’48”
69 033 Leopold KONIG CZE SKY 76h24’32” 2h11’01”
70 056 José HERRADA LOPEZ ESP MOV 76h26’06” 2h12’35”
71 135 Paul MARTENS GER TLJ 76h28’02” 2h14’31”
72 017 Christophe RIBLON FRA ALM 76h28’14” 2h14’43”
73 098 Tiago MACHADO POR KAT 76h30’47” 2h17’16”
74 009 Lieuwe WESTRA NED AST 76h31’26” 2h17’55”
75 208 Pierre-Luc PERICHON FRA BSE 76h31’36” 2h18’05”
76 132 Wilco KELDERMAN NED TLJ 76h31’48” 2h18’17”
77 211 Edvald BOASSON HAGEN NOR MTN 76h33’50” 2h20’19”
78 154 Kristijan DURASEK CRO LAM 76h35’08” 2h21’37”
79 194 Emanuel BUCHMANN GER BOA 76h35’11” 2h21’40”
80 073 Thomas DE GENDT BEL LTS 76h36’28” 2h22’57”
81 126 Perrig QUEMENEUR FRA EUC 76h37’29” 2h23’58”
82 187 Reto HOLLENSTEIN SUI IAM 76h39’19” 2h25’48”
83 087 Georg PREIDLER AUT TGA 76h40’38” 2h27’07”
84 209 Florian VACHON FRA BSE 76h40’49” 2h27’18”
85 137 Laurens TEN DAM NED TLJ 76h41’53” 2h28’22”
86 146 Markel IRIZAR ARRANBURU ESP TFR 76h42’54” 2h29’23”
87 113 Michal GOLAS POL EQS 76h44’27” 2h30’56”
88 215 Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG RSA MTN 76h44’40” 2h31’09”
89 203 Anthony DELAPLACE FRA BSE 76h48’11” 2h34’40”
90 159 Rafael VALLS FERRI ESP LAM 76h49’26” 2h35’55”
91 205 Brice FEILLU FRA BSE 76h49’35” 2h36’04”
92 064 Daniel OSS ITA BMC 76h50’31” 2h37’00”
93 128 ANGÉLO TULIK FRA EUC 76h51’24” 2h37’53”
94 177 Julien SIMON FRA COF 76h52’26” 2h38’55”
95 116 Zdenek STYBAR CZE EQS 76h53’23” 2h39’52”
96 148 Gregory RAST SUI TFR 76h54’48” 2h41’17”
97 063 Rohan DENNIS AUS BMC 76h55’51” 2h42’20”
98 092 Gianpaolo CARUSO ITA KAT 76h56’01” 2h42’30”
99 216 Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN ERI MTN 76h57’38” 2h44’07”
100 199 Paul VOSS GER BOA 76h57’53” 2h44’22”
101 028 Jérémy ROY FRA FDJ 76h58’36” 2h45’05”
102 139 Sep VANMARCKE BEL TLJ 76h59’32” 2h46’01”
103 109 Simon YATES GBR OGE 77h00’05” 2h46’34”
104 186 Martin ELMIGER SUI IAM 77h00’40” 2h47’09”
105 212 Stephen CUMMINGS GBR MTN 77h00’49” 2h47’18”
106 083 Roy CURVERS NED TGA 77h02’54” 2h49’23”
107 196 Bartosz HUZARSKI POL BOA 77h03’18” 2h49’47”
108 081 John DEGENKOLB GER TGA 77h03’29” 2h49’58”
109 058 Adriano MALORI ITA MOV 77h05’45” 2h52’14”
110 049 Michael Valgren ANDERSEN DEN TCS 77h08’30” 2h54’59”
111 029 Benoît VAUGRENARD FRA FDJ 77h09’32” 2h56’01”
112 119 Julien VERMOTE BEL EQS 77h13’42” 3h00’11”
113 117 Matteo TRENTIN ITA EQS 77h14’09” 3h00’38”
114 122 Bryan COQUARD FRA EUC 77h15’42” 3h02’11”
115 206 Armindo FONSECA FRA BSE 77h16’23” 3h02’52”
116 076 Adam HANSEN AUS LTS 77h18’18” 3h04’47”
117 055 Imanol ERVITI OLLO ESP MOV 77h19’32” 3h06’01”
118 065 Manuel QUINZIATO ITA BMC 77h19’45” 3h06’14”
119 178 GEOFFREY SOUPE FRA COF 77h20’16” 3h06’45”
120 142 Julian ARREDONDO MORENO COL TFR 77h21’10” 3h07’39”
121 138 Jos VAN EMDEN NED TLJ 77h21’34” 3h08’03”
122 096 Alexander KRISTOFF NOR KAT 77h24’20” 3h10’49”
123 157 Filippo POZZATO ITA LAM 77h24’44” 3h11’13”
124 094 Marco HALLER AUT KAT 77h24’52” 3h11’21”
125 152 Matteo BONO ITA LAM 77h25’11” 3h11’40”
126 025 Alexandre GENIEZ FRA FDJ 77h25’44” 3h12’13”
127 038 Ian STANNARD GBR SKY 77h26’01” 3h12’30”
128 079 Tim WELLENS BEL LTS 77h26’03” 3h12’32”
129 075 André GREIPEL GER LTS 77h26’48” 3h13’17”
130 173 Christophe LAPORTE FRA COF 77h26’51” 3h13’20”
131 176 Florian SENECHAL FRA COF 77h27’16” 3h13’45”
132 005 Dmitriy GRUZDEV KAZ AST 77h27’36” 3h14’05”
133 048 Matteo TOSATTO ITA TCS 77h27’39” 3h14’08”
134 207 Arnaud GERARD FRA BSE 77h27’54” 3h14’23”
135 024 Arnaud DEMARE FRA FDJ 77h28’38” 3h15’07”
136 037 Luke ROWE GBR SKY 77h31’09” 3h17’38”
137 124 Yohann GENE FRA EUC 77h31’20” 3h17’49”
138 172 Nicolas EDET FRA COF 77h32’08” 3h18’37”
139 158 José SERPA SANTANDER COL LAM 77h33’28” 3h19’57”
140 089 Albert TIMMER NED TGA 77h33’47” 3h20’16”
141 112 Mark CAVENDISH GBR EQS 77h35’15” 3h21’44”
142 202 Fréderic BRUN FRA BSE 77h36’56” 3h23’25”
143 074 Jens DEBUSSCHERE BEL LTS 77h39’52” 3h26’21”
144 197 José Joao PIMANTA COSTA MENDES POR BOA 77h40’14” 3h26’43”
145 016 Damien GAUDIN FRA ALM 77h42’01” 3h28’30”
146 093 Jacopo GUARNIERI ITA KAT 77h44’12” 3h30’41”
147 168 Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS LTU TCG 77h46’42” 3h33’11”
148 169 Dylan VAN BAARLE NED TCG 77h46’57” 3h33’26”
149 078 Marcel SIEBERG GER LTS 77h48’02” 3h34’31”
150 103 Luke DURBRIDGE AUS OGE 77h48’13” 3h34’42”
151 105 Michael MATTHEWS AUS OGE 77h49’43” 3h36’12”
152 134 Thomas LEEZER NED TLJ 77h49’57” 3h36’26”
153 107 Pieter WEENING NED OGE 77h50’09” 3h36’38”
154 144 Stijn DEVOLDER BEL TFR 77h54’18” 3h40’47”
155 213 Tyler FARRAR USA MTN 77h55’42” 3h42’11”
156 153 Davide CIMOLAI ITA LAM 77h59’09” 3h45’38”
157 182 Matthias BRÄNDLE AUT IAM 78h00’46” 3h47’15”
158 179 KENNETH VANBILSEN BEL COF 78h04’37” 3h51’06”
159 125 BRYAN NAULLEAU FRA EUC 78h06’36” 3h53’05”
160 106 Svein TUFT CAN OGE 78h11’18” 3h57’47”
161 023 Sébastien CHAVANEL FRA FDJ 78h20’09” 4h06’38”

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