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Le Tour 2019 – Stage 18

Tour de FranceEmbrun > Valloire

Distance: 208 kilometers.

A “Mountain” stage with four climbs and a downhill sprint finish.

  • Côte des Demoiselles Coiffées 13 km (cat 3: 3.9km @ 5.2%)
  • Col de Vars 82.5 km (cat 1: 9.3km @ 7.5%)
  • Col d’Izoard 133 km (HC: 14.1km @ 7.3%)
  • Col du Galibier 189 km (HC: 23km @ 5.1%)

The intermediate sprint is at 45 km, Les Thuiles.

Lots of Polka Dot points on this stage.

Nairo Quintana’s childhood in the Andes becomes obvious in the Alps as he takes his first stage win in this Tour. The same training allowed Egan Bernal to leap over Geraint Thomas into second place by reducing his GC deficit by 32 seconds. Bernal has a lock on White and could get Yellow if he hangs in the breakaways.

Romain Bardet is 12 points ahead of Tim Wellens in the King of the Mountains.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 75h 18′ 49″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 309 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 031 ) [Polka Dot] 86 points
White Jersey Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) [White] 2

Stage winner: Nairo Quintana ( Col – MOV – 061 )
Combative: Greg Van Avermaet ( Bel – CCC – 111 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Movistar Team ( MOV – 061-068 ) [Yellow numbers]

Top 30 below the fold

1 Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) –
2 Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) + 00h 01′ 30″
3 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – INS – 001 ) + 00h 01′ 35″
4 Steven Kruijswijk ( Ned – TJV – 081 ) + 00h 01′ 47″
5 Thibaut Pinot ( Fra – GFC – 051 ) + 00h 01′ 50″
6 Emanuel Buchmann ( Ger – BOH – 012 ) + 00h 02′ 14″
7 Nairo Quintana ( Col – MOV – 061 ) + 00h 03′ 54″
8 Mikel Landa Meana ( Spa – MOV – 065 ) + 00h 04′ 54″
9 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – EF1 – 091 ) + 00h 05′ 33″
10 Alejandro Valverde ( Spa – MOV – 062 ) + 00h 05′ 58″
11 Richie Porte ( Aus – TFS – 131 ) + 00h 06′ 30″
12 Warren Barguil ( Fra – PCB – 211 ) + 00h 07′ 47″
13 Guillaume Martin ( Fra – WGB – 191 ) + 00h 15′ 11″
14 Fabio Aru ( Ita – UAD – 122 ) + 00h 16′ 21″
15 Roman Kreuziger ( Cze – TDD – 206 ) + 00h 17′ 00″
16 David Gaudu ( Fra – GFC – 053 ) + 00h 18′ 37″
17 Xandro Meurisse ( Bel – WGB – 195 ) + 00h 22′ 43″
18 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 031 ) + 00h 23′ 39″
19 Daniel Martin ( Irl – UAD – 121 ) + 00h 34′ 23″
20 Sébastien Reichenbach ( Swi – GFC – 057 ) + 00h 35′ 52″
21 George Bennett ( NZl – TJV – 082 ) + 00h 36′ 13″
22 Alexey Lutsenko ( Kaz – AST – 076 ) + 00h 36′ 27″
23 Bauke Mollema ( Ned – TFS – 136 ) + 00h 42′ 30″
24 Jesus Herrada ( Spa – COF – 154 ) + 00h 45′ 45″
25 Greg Van Avermaet ( Bel – CCC – 111 ) + 00h 47′ 13″
26 Rudy Molard ( Fra – GFC – 056 ) + 00h 48′ 18″
27 Adam Yates ( GBr – MTS – 101 ) + 00h 49′ 35″
28 Enric Mas ( Spa – DQT – 025 ) + 00h 49′ 41″
29 Tanel Kangert ( Est – EF1 – 094 ) + 00h 56′ 46″
30 Laurens De Plus ( Bel – TJV – 083 ) + 00h 58′ 26″

Did not start:
Lukas Pöstlberger ( Aut – BOH – 017 )
Søren Kragh Andersen ( Den – SUN – 147 )

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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