71 km – big group in the front with Pinot
A group of about fifteen riders advances about 1’30 inches from the peloton. The most dangerous man in this separation is called Enrique Maas. The Spaniard is currently ranked 10th in the general classification at 16’35 by Jonas Vingegaard. Thibaut Pinot is also part of this group.
73 km – Several attacks
It goes in all directions at the Col d’Aubisque with several riders trying to break away. We find in particular Bauke Mollema while Simon Geschke’s polka-dot shirt has been taken over by a peloton.
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81km – Pinot slips into the meter
Thibaut Pinot managed to infiltrate the counter group of about ten knights. Only 20 seconds behind the peloton in the lead.
82km – Let’s go to Aubisque
The Simon Geschke polka dot shirt in Col d’Aubisque was relaunched with Quinn Simmons, Pierre Latour, Enrique Mas or Alexei Lutsenko. Bauke Mollema and Tom Pidcock are also in attendance.
85 km – Van Aert leads in the middle race
Wout van Aert takes a new extra 20 points in the middle race at Laruns. The Peloton is still very close at 20 seconds.
88 km – fast step moving
There is no rider from Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in peloton and Belgian formation rolls to bring back. We’re getting close to the mean enemy for the day.
90 km – 33 runners in front
They are now 33 riders up front but the peloton is still 20 seconds behind. Jack Bauer and Nils Eckhoff were left behind.
95 km – Jack Bauer gets a car
Jack Bauer arrived quickly with a car from the UAE formation on a narrow road and fell. Nothing serious but the Australian is clearly very upset. DSM rider Nils Eekhoff, who braked due to a motorcycle, also went to the beach.
98 km – Van Aert’s Return
Wout van Aert Calling in advance. The fight continues in the peloton. Everything narrows.
99 km – 27 runners lead
There are now 27 riders in the breakout with Valentin Maduas as the best overall rated rider. He seems to be calming down a bit.
100 km – Several runners make the crossroads
Several knights, including Valentin Maduas, were able to join the peloton. But it still solidifies in the peloton, which is still losing ground.
103 km – in front of you is a group of 16 runners
A group of 16 passengers has a 15-inch lead on the peloton, where it’s still going strong. Climbers do not want to miss the separation.
105 km – The battle continues
An incredible battle to break away from a group that seems to be finally taking shape, including Tiesj Benoot or Matej Mohoric.
110 km – General Assembly
New generic reassembly after 33km of racing. David Gaudu was in his first peloton but she picked up. Wout van Aert raises.
111km – Cofidis cause a break
Cut the peloton after the Cofidis relay. Yellow jersey Jonas Weinggaard and runner-up Tadig Pojaccar finished second. But that doesn’t seem to be a problem, they are mostly early adopters.
114 km – Cofidis chasing separation
After being threatened by Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar, Simon Geschke rolls his men. 25″ behind the peloton, the idea is to keep the gap to the foot of the Col d’Aubisque.
117km – peloton does not give up
The peloton is 23 seconds behind and Cofidis rolls for the Simon Geschke polka dot jersey.
123 km – group of 6 in front
Stefan Bisiger, Stan Deolph, Florian Vermeersch, Andreas Liknesund and Christophe Laporte are leading, but still stand out. Michael Matthews is back too.
127 km – Pogacar . teammate released
Mikel Berg, impressive yesterday, has already been dropped from the peloton. As a reminder, Tadej Pogacar has only 3 teammates left. Christophe Laporte attacks him for Jumbo Visma.
132 km – general assembly
Wout van Aert is captured by peloton, public reassembly. However, the green jersey continued to slide into the picks.
133 km – duo will return to Van Aert
Dylan Tynes (Bahrain-Victorius) and Nils Polit (Bora Hansgrohe) are seconds behind Wut van Aert. Alberto Petitol lifts in behind the peloton.
135km – Benoot on the attack too
Tiesj Benoot, another teammate of Jonas Vingegaard, also launched an attack. Big surprise from Jumbo-Visma, which sets pawns.
139 km – Van Aert is alone in the lead
Neilson Powless returned to the peloton and Wout van Aert single-handedly held the lead, by nearly 10 seconds.
Why Pogacar unanimously in peloton
Despite overwhelming dominance over the last two editions of the Tour de France, Tadej Pogacar has a huge sympathy for the other riders in the peloton. A consensus explained by his personality and assertive offensive cycling.
142 km – Van Aert attacks from the beginning
Today’s top striker is none other than Wout van Aert, who has been tireless since the start of the Tour de France. Nelson Paulis accompanies him.
Chris Froome positive for Covid
Chris Froome announced on his social networks that he has tested positive for Covid and will not start stage 18. The quadruple winner of the event was the 26th overall this morning. The five remaining racers in Israel – Training Premier Tech will continue racing, negative for Covid.
Damiano Caruso, also positive for Covid
The Bahrain-Victorious formation marks the abandonment of Italian Damiano Caruso, due to a positive Covid test. With the ambition to play the general, he would have missed the meeting, only 22 before this eighteenth stage. His teammates have tested negative and will be able to continue the race.
New abandonment due to covid
The Movistar squad will be leaving without road leader Emanuel Erfetti for this 18th stage of the Tour de France. The 38-year-old Spaniard tested positive for Covid. This is his team’s first retirement. He ranked 80th overall.
The unexpected story of Geraint Thomas’ bra
This is the endeavor of the followers of the Tour de France, most of whom are British. Where’s Gerant Thomas’ jacket? The 2018 Tour winner and current third overall defied his fans after he forgot to take his jacket off during his trial in Denmark. With the hashtag #wheresGsgilet, he enjoys following the journey of his jacket going from fan to fan. She hopes to recover it in Paris.
Benno and the French, one last chance?
Thibaut Pinot, once again on attack on Wednesday in the 17th stage of the Tour de France, didn’t have the legs to play for the win. Upon his arrival, the French rider from Groupama-FDJ made no secret of his deep frustration. In his picture, France’s Peloton will have one last chance to win on Thursday.
Good morning all
Welcome to the RMC Sport website for live commentary on the 18th stage of the Tour de France, which begins at 1:40pm from Lourdes. It remains to be seen if Tadej Pogacar will be able to perform another miracle, by knocking down the yellow steel jersey Jonas Vingegaard during the final day in the mountains, in the Pyrenees with three passes in the program: Aubisque, Spandelles and Hautacam.