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Le Tour 2017 – Stage 18

Tour de FranceBriançon – Izoard

Distance: 179.5 kilometers.

A mountain stage with category 3 Côte des Demoiselles Coiffées, category 1 Col de Vars, and Hors Catégorie Col d’Izoard spaced about every 60 kilometers. It is a summit finish, so winning is worth more in points and time.

Warren Barguil won the stage and probably the Polka Dots with his climb to Izoard, while Chris Froome holds on to the Yellow by 23 seconds. With the longest stage coming up tomorrow and the time trials on Saturday, the leaders want to avoid any drama.

Yellow Jersey Christopher Froome ( GBr – SKY – 001 ) [Yellow] 78h 08′ 19″
Green Jersey Michael Matthews ( Aus – SUN – 141 ) [Green] 364 points
Polka Dot Jersey Warren Barguil ( Fra – SUN – 143 ) [Polka Dot] 169 points
White Jersey Simon Yates ( GBr – ORS – 089 ) 7 [White]

Team: Team Sky ( SKY – 001-009 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: Warren Barguil ( Fra – SUN – 143 )
Combative: John Darwin Atapuma ( Col – UAD – 062 ) [Red numbers]

Top Ten:

1 Christopher Froome ( GBr – SKY – 001 )
2 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 011 ) + 00′ 23″
3 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – CDT – 188 ) + 00′ 29″
4 Mikel Landa ( Spa – SKY – 006 ) + 01′ 36″
5 Fabio Aru ( Ita – AST – 051 ) + 01′ 55″
6 Daniel Martin ( Irl – QST – 105 ) + 02′ 56″
7 Simon Yates ( GBr – ORS – 089 ) + 04′ 46″
8 Louis Meintjes ( RSA – UAD – 061 ) + 06′ 52″
9 Warren Barguil ( Fra – SUN – 143 ) + 08′ 22″
10 Alberto Contador ( Spa – TFS – 031 ) + 08′ 34″

The Rest of the Top 30:

11 Damiano Caruso ( Ita – BMC – 042 ) + 13′ 41″
12 Nairo Quintana ( Col – MOV – 021 ) + 13′ 52″
13 Mikel Nieve ( Spa – SKY – 007 ) + 23′ 11″
14 Alexis Vuillermoz ( Fra – ALM – 019 ) + 23′ 33″
15 Emanuel Buchmann ( Ger – BOH – 113 ) + 31′ 01″
16 Brice Feillu ( Fra – TFO – 213 ) + 35′ 06″
17 Carlos Alberto Betancur ( Col – MOV – 024 ) + 36′ 25″
18 Serge Pauwels ( Bel – DDD – 096 ) + 37′ 31″
19 Tiesj Benoot ( Bel – LTS – 133 ) + 40′ 49″
20 Bauke Mollema ( Ned – TFS – 037 ) + 47′ 03″
21 Guillaume Martin ( Fra – WGG – 201 ) + 50′ 53″
22 Tony Gallopin ( Fra – LTS – 135 ) + 52′ 39″
23 Roman Kreuziger ( Cze – ORS – 088 ) + 57′ 45″
24 Jan Bakelants ( Bel – ALM – 012 ) + 01h 00′ 19″
25 Pierre-Roger Latour ( Fra – ALM – 017 ) + 01h 10′ 34″
26 Daniel Navarro ( Spa – COF – 157 ) + 01h 11′ 36″
27 Sergio Luis Henao ( Col – SKY – 002 ) + 01h 13′ 11″
28 Sylvain Chavanel ( Fra – DEN – 174 ) + 01h 16′ 01″
29 Mathias Frank ( Swi – ALM – 014 ) + 01h 18′ 14″
30 Romain Hardy ( Fra – TFO – 215 ) + 01h 21′ 28″

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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