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Le Tour 2016 – Stage 18

Tour de FranceSallanches to Megève

Distance: 17 kilometers.

An uphill time trial – how evil can they get? About 4 kilometers of level road at the start, then climbing for over 10 kilometers, before a slight downhill to the finish.

Chris Froome showed the form that keeps him in the Yellow Jersey by winning the stage and increasing his lead by over a minute. It is going to take a lot of hard work and luck to make up time on Froome in the remaining stages.

Yellow Jersey Christopher Froome ( GBR – SKY – 001 ) [Yellow] 77h 55′ 53″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( SVK – TNK – 032 ) [Green] 425 points
Polka Dot Jersey Rafal Majka ( POL – TNK – 037 ) [Polka Dot] 173 points
White Jersey Adam Yates ( GBR – OBE – 209 ) 3 [White]

Team: Movistar Team ( MOV – 011-019 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: Christopher Froome ( GBR – SKY – 001 )

Top Ten:

1 Christopher Froome ( GBR – SKY – 001 )
2 Bauke Mollema ( NED – TFS – 061 ) + 03′ 52″
3 Adam Yates ( GBR – OBE – 209 ) + 04′ 16″
4 Nairo Quintana ( COL – MOV – 011 ) + 04′ 37″
5 Romain Bardet ( FRA – ALM – 041 ) + 04′ 57″
6 Richie Porte ( AUS – BMC – 091 ) + 05′ 00″
7 Fabio Aru ( ITA – AST – 021 ) + 06′ 08″
8 Alejandro Valverde ( ESP – MOV – 012 ) + 06′ 37″
9 Louis Meintjes ( RSA – LAM – 157 ) + 07′ 15″
10 Daniel Martin ( IRL – EQS – 184 ) + 07′ 18″

The Rest of the Top 30:

11 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver ( ESP – KAT – 141 ) + 08′ 11″
12 Roman Kreuziger ( CZE – TNK – 036 ) + 08′ 23″
13 Sébastien Reichenbach ( SUI – FDL – 126 ) + 12′ 40″
14 Sergio Luis Henao ( COL – SKY – 002 ) + 17′ 30″
15 Geraint Thomas ( GBR – SKY – 009 ) + 22′ 24″
16 Pierre Rolland ( FRA – CDT – 081 ) + 22′ 51″
17 Tejay Van Garderen ( USA – BMC – 099 ) + 27′ 54″
18 Mikel Nieve ( ESP – SKY – 005 ) + 30′ 23″
19 Stef Clement ( NED – IAM – 072 ) + 32′ 37″
20 Warren Barguil ( FRA – TGA – 111 ) + 35′ 54″
21 Emanuel Buchmann ( GER – BOA – 131 ) + 38′ 42″
22 Alexis Vuillermoz ( FRA – ALM – 049 ) + 38′ 46″
23 Jarlinson Pantano ( COL – IAM – 079 ) + 39′ 48″
24 Haimar Zubeldia ( ESP – TFS – 069 ) + 40′ 47″
25 Tanel Kangert ( EST – AST – 025 ) + 42′ 08″
26 Ilnur Zakarin ( RUS – KAT – 149 ) + 42′ 31″
27 Damiano Caruso ( ITA – BMC – 094 ) + 45′ 59″
28 Domenico Pozzovivo ( ITA – ALM – 048 ) + 51′ 31″
29 Rafal Majka ( POL – TNK – 037 ) + 58′ 49″
30 Serge Pauwels ( BEL – DDD – 107 ) + 59′ 56″

Did not start:

Fabian Cancellara ( SUI – TFS – 062 )
Shane Archbold ( NZL – BOA – 132 )

Note: Wikipedia has a simple article on the Mountain classification used on the Tour. The basic fact is that climbs fall into five types, with the four numbered types decreasing in difficulty as the numbers get larger, and then there is the Hors Catégorie, literally “without category”, which generally makes you look for an elevator or Sherpas.

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