Thursday July 18th, 2013

Stage 18Gap / Alpe-d'Huez

Start 12h30 GMT 2+

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Stage summary18.07.2013 in 17:51Victory for France: Riblon conquers the Alpe!

On the day that the race leader lost time to some general classification rivals, he also increased his advantage on the rider in second place. Chris Froome would not finish with the front group. There would be changes to the top 10. The rider in second overall would lose time... but Alberto Contador is still the closest challenger after a dramatic day of racing to Alpe d'Huez - and onward, up and over the col de Sarenne, down into the valley and back to Alpe d'Huez for an encore performance...

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interview18.07.2013 in 19:03AG2R La Mondiale - what a return!

In the aftermath of the accident that has forced Jean-Christophe Péraud out of the Tour de France, a crash that seemed to condemn AG2R La Mondiale in the team standings, things have taken an upward turn for the better with a wonderful display from the French squad at Alpe d'Huez, not only did it earn the stage win Christophe Riblon, but also the good performance of Romain Bardet (17th), and John Gadret (26th). Therefore, as a collective, it has won the stage with a lead of 2'09” over Team...

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interview18.07.2013 in 19:00Peter Sagan: "I discovered the Alpe d'Huez and I went well. I loved it!"

“At the intermediate sprint, I saw André Greipel accelerate to overtake me. I do not know if he still has a mathematical chance to win the points classification, but in any case, I prefer to stay focused on my goal every step of the way – and that is to win the green jersey in Paris. Each intermediate sprint can be important. You never know what can happen. Then I discovered the Alpe d'Huez and I went well. I loved it! There were a lot of people.”

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interview18.07.2013 in 18:58Nairo Quintana: I've never been as happy as I am today

The white jersey is virtually guaranteed for Nairo Quintana but now he's thinking about winning the climbing classification as well as finishing in the top three overall...

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interview18.07.2013 in 18:52Christophe Riblon: "It's a huge thrill to see the race to reverse"

The first French stage winner of the 2013 Tour desperately tried to answer questions in English. Christophe Riblon searched for the right words to explain himself but then offered further explanation in French...

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interview18.07.2013 in 18:33Chris Froome: "This was definitely one of the harder days"

The race leader finished the 18th stage in seventh place but extended his lead on second place in general classification. He took a feed, that was collected by Richie Porte from the team car, on the final climb and a penalty of 20 seconds will be issued by the race jury but Chris Froome accepts that - he felt he had no choice...

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Sporting stakes17.07.2013 in 18:51The answer? 42!

“The former riders in my team didn't want it,” said Christian Prudhomme about the idea of staging a short stage to Alpe d'Huez in the 100th edition. The race director takes up the story of how an exciting concept was hatched.

“I told my team, ‘We'll do only a little more than 100 kilometres to Alpe d'Huez and they told me, ‘No, it's too short.' I called Bernard Thévenét and said, ‘Bernard, help…!' because he, a two-time champion of the Tour has a global view. And just...

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