Stage 8: Dreux – Amiens Metropole (Flat, 181km)
Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) made it two wins in two days in Amiens, out-sprinting André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) – although the latter two would be relegated by officials after the stage.
Stage 9: Arras Citadelle – Roubaix (Hilly, 156.5km)
Stage 10: Annecy – Le Grand-Borland (Mountain 158.5km)
Julian Alaphilippe of Quick Step Floors claimed his first stage win in style in Le Grand Bornand, parlaying a 30km-long solo attack over two mountains into his career’s biggest victory.
Alaphilippe collapsed at the finish line, a mix of pain, exhaustion and tears of joy shifting across his face.
“There’s a lot of emotion, because winning at the Tour is not easy,” Alaphilippe said.
Stage 11: Albertville – La Rosière Espace San Bernardo (Mountain, 108.5km)
We witnessed 2 sprinters; Marcel Kittel from Katusha–Alpecin and Mark Cavendish from Team Dimension Data disqualified from the race after failing to meet the cut-off time in stage 11’s mountain stage.
Mark Cavendish only narrowly avoided elimination on stage 10 of the race as he crossed the finish line just 28 seconds inside the time limit, but no mercy was spared in the following stage. He finished an hour behind the winner of the stage, but at least he didn’t give up and completed the race.
Stage 12: Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs – Alpe d’hues (Mountain, 175.5km)
Dutch Corner had barriers and security this year. It kept the fans slightly at bay, but no amount of barriers and police presence could stop them from turning corner 7 into planet orange for a minute.
Geraint Thomas from Team Sky won both stages 11 and 12 consecutively, retaining the yellow jersey. The Welshman extended his overall lead over his Sky teammate Chris Froome to 1 min 39 secs.
Stage 13: Bourg d’Oisans – Valence (Flat, 169.5km)
Peter Sagan sprinted to a third stage win on this flat course. Sagan is one of the few real sprinters left in the race, after surviving an Alpine stage trilogy that killed the hopes of rivals Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel, Andre Greipel, and Dylan Groenewegen.
With many sprinters already out of the tour, it was no doubt a relatively easy win for him.
Who is leading the Tour?
|1||Geraint Thomas||8||Team Sky||53H 10′ 38”||–|
|2||Chris Froome||1||Team Sky||53H 12′ 17”||+ 00H 01′ 39”||–|
|3||Tom Domoulin||32||Team Sunweb||53H 12′ 28”||+ 00H 01′ 50”|
|4||Primož Roglic||166||Team Lombo NL- Jumbo||53H 13′ 24”||+ 00H 02′ 46”|
|5||Romain Bardet||21||AG2R La Mondiale||53H 13′ 45”||+ 00H 03′ 07”|
|6||Mikel Landa Meana||75||Movistar Team||53H 13′ 51”||+ 00H 03′ 13”|
|7||Steven Kruijswijk||161||Team Lotto NL- Jumbo||53H 14′ 21”||+ 00H 03′ 43”|
|8||Nairo Quintana||71||Movistar Team||53H 14′ 51”||+ 00H 04′ 13”|
|9||Daniel Martin||91||UAE Team Emirates||53H 15′ 49”||+ 00H 05′ 11”|
|10||Jakob Fuglsang||121||Astana Pro Team||53H 16′ 23”||+ 00H 05′ 45”|
Stages to look forward in the final week:
|14||Hilly||Saturday, July 21, 2018||Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux / Mende||188 km|
|15||Hilly||Sunday, July 22, 2018||Millau / Carcassonne||181.5 km|
|–||Rest Day||Monday, July 23, 2018||Carcassonne|
|16||Mountain||Tuesday, July 24, 2018||Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon||218 km|
|17||Mountain||Wednesday, July 25, 2018||Bagnères-de-Luchon / Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet||65 km|
|18||Flat||Thursday, July 26, 2018||Trie-sur-Baïse / Pau||171 km|
|19||Mountain||Friday, July 27, 2018||Lourdes / Laruns||200.5 km|
|20||Individual time-trial||Saturday, July 28, 2018||Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle / Espelette||31 km|
|21||Flat||Sunday, July 29, 2018||Houilles / Paris Champs-Élysées||116 km|