Friday July 20th, 2012

Stage 18Blagnac / Brive-la-Gaillarde

Start 11h20 GMT 2+

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video20.07.2012 in 23:00Summary of the race

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Summary of the race

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Stage summary20.07.2012 in 16:31Suspense to the very end - but Cavendish wins... again!

The profile begged for a sprint but at the end of three weeks of racing there are plenty of ambitions yet to be fulfilled. There were 14 teams without a stage win and all of them worked hard to make amends in the race from Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde but ultimately their hopes were destroyed by a magnificent sprint by the Manxman who only blasted into contention in the final kilometre. And it was none other than Bradley Wiggins who started the lead-out, then an early escapee - Edvald...

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video20.07.2012 in 16:00Interview - Stage Winner

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interview20.07.2012 in 17:49One more for Sky Procycling

For one day at the end of the 2012 Tour de France, Mark Cavendish was given a lead-out for the sprint by Bradley Wiggins and Edvald Boasson Hagen. And it was a winning combination. Once again Sky Procycling occupies the top of the team classification for the stage as not only did it win the stage but the two lead-out men were also in the top 20.
“It shows how remarkable our team is," said the principal of the Sky Team, Dave Brailsford. A gain for four seconds granted by the...

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interview20.07.2012 in 17:44Wiggins: He left them for dead, didn't he?»

On any other team Mark Cavendish would be the undisputed leader but at Sky he's one of a crew of formidable men who are dominating this year's Tour de France.

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interview20.07.2012 in 17:32Alexandre Vinokourov: I showed I could come back

“We tried all day to animate the stage. I lacked a bit, but I did everything I could and I have no regrets. We took advantage of the break, and the public of the Tour! I found that I've been able to come back with good condition, even if I do not play it out for the general classification anymore. Now there are still two days to try, and then I hope I can do something good in London, although we have only two representatives of Kazakhstan at the Olympics.”

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interview20.07.2012 in 17:29Thomas Voeckler: I had the full panoply

He has two more days until official crowned the King of the Mountains but Thomas Voeckler is milking the moment all the way from the Pyrenees to Paris.

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interview20.07.2012 in 17:10Van Garderen: I'll just empty the tank

“We did 220 kilometres today and we did it in under five hours. It was just crazy. I don't know what to expect from the time trial. I'll just empty the tank and see where I'll end up. I had a good one last time and maybe I can go even better.”

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interview20.07.2012 in 17:05Cavendish: I've enjoyed every minute of it

When he's the protected rider he wins almost every time it's flat. But this year Mark Cavendish has had more of a support role for a greater cause. Still, he proved once again that he is the «fastest man in the world»...

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video20.07.2012 in 11:45Analysis of the stage

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Sporting stakes20.07.2012 in 11:00Many elements may be decided but glory is still on offer...

For days now, the focus has been on how the Pyrenees would influence the race for overall honours but stage 18 is different. Even the race leader Bradley Wiggins allowed his mind to wander in the closing kilometres of stage 17 because, finally, he dared let the thought that he was actually going to win the Tour de France enter his mind. Sky has effectively been on the front of the peloton most of the way for the 1,520km from La Planche des Belles Filles to the final summit finish of the 99th...

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video20.07.2012 in 10:30The day's route

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The day's route

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video20.07.2012 in 10:00Jean-François Pescheux's analysis of the course

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Jean-François Pescheux's analysis of the course

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