Tour de France 2018 Stage 21: Kristoff Champs conqueror; Thomas Tour triumphant

Alexander Kristoff won the blue-riband sprint at the Tour de France on the Champs Elysees. With 2.5km to go, UAE sent Marco Marcato off on a flyer to try and disrupt the other sprinters’ teams, Quickstepper Yves Lampaert countered but both were hauled back before the inevitable bunch sprint. Kristoff powered across the line at 63.9km/h for his first Tour stage victory since the brace he won back in 2014. John Degenkolb finished runner-up ahead of third-placed Arnaud Demare.

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Tour de France 2018 Stage 20: Dumoulin wins by a second; Thomas takes home yellow

After three weeks of highs and lows, it all came down to the race of truth to decide the final classification. Would it be stirred or shaken? It was a fitting, nail-biting finish on today’s penultimate stage with a testing, rolling parcours made trickier by partially dry roads but Tom Dumoulin, resplendent in his white world champion’s skinsuit, beat Chris Froome by a single, solitary second to cement his runner’s up spot. Froome rode like a defending champion to dislodge yesterday’s stage winner, a weary Primoz Roglic, from the podium and reclaim his third place. Meanwhile race leader Geraint Thomas, third on the stage, only eased up once he knew the title was in the bag, though we all had our hearts in our throats as he wobbled around a corner en route. That just leaves tomorrow’s largely processionary stage for the GC but a trophy win on the Champs Elysees for one of the few remaining sprinters. Continue reading

Tour de France 2018 Stage 19: Roglic rides to podium; Thomas stays on top

It was the final mountain stage of the 2018 Tour de France, with six (6!) categorised climbs, including the iconic HC Cols des Tourmalet and Aubisque. It was the time to attack the Skytrain if possible – and attacks came thick and fast. In the end, it was JumboBee Primoz Roglic, whose explosive attacks and breathtaking descent to the finish knocked Chris Froome out of third and sets up an exciting final ITT tomorrow. Geraint Thomas never looked in trouble and sprinted for second, extending his lead by a few precious seconds.

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