Froome docked 20 seconds as Riblon wins stage 18

Froome docked 20 seconds as Riblon wins stage 18

Froome docked 20 seconds as Riblon wins stage 18

Chris Froome

Christophe Riblon won stage 18 of the Tour de France on Thursday after a long day’s breakaway to Tejay van Garderen and secured France’s first victory in the 100th Tour. Chris Froome was unlucky to finish fourth after winning stage 17 but maintained overall lead.

The 168.5km race featured six categorized climbs starting with the Col de Manse, which kicked up just 6km from start. In a very tight race BMC team lead by Van Garden was second at nearly a minute from Riblon and Moreno Moser on Cannondale team was third at 1.27.

Drama was witnessed in the last five kilometers as Froome broke the rule against taking food in the last 20 km of the race. He slowed down only to be seen urgently signaling to his team car. This lead to Sky team docked 20 seconds but the man favored for this year’s title maintained the overall lead.

The Tour de France continues on Friday with the 204.5km 19th stage, from Bourg d’Oisans to Le Grand-Bornand. The stage features five categorized climbs, including the HC-rated Col du Glandon and Col de Madeleine, as well as the Cat. 1 Col de la Croix Fry, the summit of which lies 13km from the finish

 

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