Tour de France 2018

Stage 18 Overview

Trie-sur-Baïse to Pau

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Stage Summary

A flatter Stage 18 could give climbers a chance to recover after two trying days—and an opportunity for sprinters to gain any last-minute points if they’re still in the race. Covering 171 km between Trie-sur-Baïse and Pau, there is an intermediate sprint at 73.5 km.

 

Stage 18 was one of the final tests for the remaining sprinters, with only two category four climbs and a flat finish. Luke Durbridge and Mathew Hayman of team Mitchelton-SCOTT GreenEDGE were both in the five-man break, which went at over 160km to the finish. Sadly, they were caught around 18km to go.

 

It was Arnaud Demare who won the day, thanks to the aggressive and coordinated tactics of his team, Groupama–FDJ. The win was no doubt gratifying after fellow sprinter, Andre Greipel (who abandoned this year’s tour on stage 12) insinuated on twitter that Demare had held on to a team car to make the time cuts on yesterday’s stage. Demare responded by sending the German his power files, and going on to win the day today. Greipel apologized and deleted his inflammatory tweet.

 

Peter Sagan of Bora-Hansgrohe, who is leading the points race for the green jersey, went down in a crash on yesterday’s short mountain stage—but managed to continue and finished today with the lead group. The GC standings remain unchanged.

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Stage Analysis From Best Bike Split

This stage should come down to a bunch sprint. There will probably be some breaks early but they will be hard pressed to get a meaningful gap. Teams trying to notch a sprint win or add to their tally will keep things controlled. The finish in Pau has three fairly tight turns in the last 1.5 km, and the road narrows after the final turn before opening up in the final 200 to 300 meters. Positioning will be key through this section. Any hesitation or wrong move could cause some havoc.

Click on the predictive race plan below to see how key factors might affect the results from this stage.

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