Tour de France LIVE: Latest stage 18 updates as Tadej Pogacar seeks to consolidate his lead on the last day in the mountains

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Tadej Pogacar won stage 17 of the Tour de France yesterday to extend his lead in the yellow jersey as Jonas Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz moved up to second and third, and Pogacar will look to rebuild today on the final day in mountains.

The trio arrived together at the summit finish of the Col du Portet yesterday after a number of attacks, with Pogacar breaking free in the final 150 meters to claim their second stage victory of the tour. Rigoberto Uran, who started the day second overall, was let go in the final climb of the 178 km stage from Muret, allowing Carapaz to climb to the bottom of the podium behind Pogacar and Vingegaard.

Vingegaard managed to extend his lead over Carapaz to four seconds on Wednesday and he hopes to do the same here. The Dane took well over a minute from Carapaz in the first individual time trial, so the Ineos Grenadiers team need an advantage ahead of the decisive second race against the clock. Can he handle it on Stage 18?

The route includes the famous Col du Tourmalet and the grueling 13 km ascent to Luz Ardiden. If any of the GC runners have anything left, now is the time to put all their cards on the table. It’s also another day when Mark Cavendish will have to stay alert for the cut-off time as he contemplates tomorrow’s flat stage.


Last Tour de France: Stage 18

89km to go: Bahrain Victorious does the work up front despite Mohoric in the breakaway. Clearly trying to manage the hopes of a stage victory with Wout Poels’ goals of winning the polka dot jersey.

Be interesting to see how it goes. The break is only 1:39. The next fourth category climb is in a time of 14 km.

Dylan terryJuly 15, 2021 1:42 PM


Last Tour de France: Stage 18

92km to go: Alaphilippe and Perichon are with Bennett, Mohoric and Jensen so we now have five riders in the lead.

They have a lead of almost two minutes, which could be the break for the rest of the day.

Dylan terryJuly 15, 2021 1:37 PM


Last Tour de France: Stage 18

Here is the attack of the world champion Alaphilippe.

Dylan terryJuly 15, 2021 1:32 PM


Last Tour de France: Stage 18

100 km from the finish: Jonas Rutsch, Connor Swift, Imanol Erviti, Michal Kwiatowski and Pierre Latour all launched a counterattack as they seek to get closer to the top three.

Alaphilippe and Perichon will be the first runners they will meet on the road.

Dylan terryJuly 15, 2021 1:27 PM


Last Tour de France: Stage 18

Superb photo before the start of today’s stage.

Dylan terryJuly 15, 2021 1:24 PM


Last Tour de France: Stage 18

106km to go: An average pace of nearly 46km / h in the first half hour of today’s stage. The riders do not lag despite the two climbs of HC to come.

Mohoric, Jensen and Bennett are still 50 seconds ahead of the peloton. Pierre-Luc PĂ©richon joined Alaphilippe between the two groups.

Dylan terryJuly 15, 2021 1:19 PM


Last Tour de France: Stage 18

110km to go: We have our first advertising break of the day. Still great for live bloggers …

Still three leaders as the cover returns to the race. But the peloton seems to be split here! What the hell is happening ?

Dylan terryJuly 15, 2021 1:14 PM


Last Tour de France: Stage 18

115km to go: Small fall in the peloton between a couple of runners, nothing serious. Think Quentin Pacher was one of the people involved.

Alaphilippe still in no man’s land.

Meanwhile, none of the polka-dot jersey contenders won any points on this first fourth-class climb of the day. We have another about 40 km.

Dylan terryJuly 15, 2021 1:09 PM


Last Tour de France: Stage 18

118 km to go: the world champion Julian Alaphilippe has now attacked from the peloton and is preparing to join those who were at the front of the race.

He’s not someone polka dot jersey wearers will want to ride on the road because he’s strong enough to stay out of the way all day.

Dylan terryJuly 15, 2021 1:05 PM


Last Tour de France: Stage 18

121 km to go: Tao Geoghegen Hart stops the movement, including Poels and Quintana. No surprise there, Ineos will desperately want something from today’s stage.

The three riders who have around 40 seconds in the peloton are Matej Mohoric, Chris Juul-Jensen and Sean Bennett.

Dylan terryJuly 15, 2021 1:00 PM

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