Only one person is missing… If Team QuickStep knew how to ignore Julian Alaphilippe’s absence to shine on the Tour de France roads, and achieved two-stage successes thanks to Yves Lambert and Fabio Jacobsen, then French cycling is very different. Two days before the end of the Tour de France, the French riders are already still searching for a victory on the stage.

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This enters the 18th stage and appears as the last chance for the French riders to finally open their counters and thus avoid making this 2022 edition the third Tour de France in history without the slightest success of the French stage after 1926 and 1999. A French man’s time trial victory seems not Something and not much better for the last stage on the Champs Elysees, traditionally reserved for runners.

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The eighteenth stage is also the last chance for the French riders to avoid a terrible record, the number of stages without a victory for Tricolor. The Frenchman has not raised his arms in effect at the Tour de France since last year’s victory over Julien Alfelipe during the first stage, that is, over the course of 38 stages. Thus, the blues are one unit away from industry-record rarity, and the 39 stages that have been linked between the successes of Jackie Durand in 1998 and Christophe Anolotto in 2000.