Romain Bardet claimed his first stage victory at the Tour de France. He built it from a long lasting breakaway and escaped near the top of col du Glandon and rode away solo in the downhill. He stayed away for 40 kilometres with an advantage of 40 seconds over his chasers. This is the second stage win for France and AG2R-La Mondiale at this year's Tour de France. Chris Froome was never put in difficulty and kept the yellow jersey with two Alpine stages left.
I'd need a rest day! I didn't expect to suffer so much in the climbs today. I've made the breakaways for four straight days… and I've tried again today. But the break was gone and it didn't work out. All day, it never eased up. There are two hard days left. If it's like today, I'll be in pain.
The stage in videos
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The stage in pictures
Tour de France 2015 - 23/07/2015 - 18ème Etape - Gap / Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - 186,5km - Les Pyrénées. © ASO/B.Bade
A sporting view
While finishes in Gap have often produced quite a show, the stages that left the town have also struck all generations of cycling fans. After the Gap-Digne period, several Gap-Briançon stages entered the history books, especially in 1953 when Louison Bobet took off up to the Col d'Izoard to go on and conquer the Yellow Jersey. In 1970, Eddy Merckx, after starting from Gap, would drop all his GC rivals on his way to the top of the Mont Ventoux. In recent times, a series of stages between Gap and l'Alpe-d'Huez occurred, including the last episode in 2013 when Christophe Riblon managed a spectacular master-piece.
Prefecture of Hautes-Alpes (05)
Specialities: tartes de Champsaur (prune tart), cheese, pâtés, tourtons (beignets), oreilles d'âne (spinach gratin), Gap ravioli, lamb, golden delicious apples
Economy: services, tourism, construction
Sports: Rapaces de Gap (ice hockey), Gap FC (CFA)
Personalities: Guillaume Farel (protestant notable), Baron de la Doucette (prefect, MP and writer), Gilles Grimandi (footballer), Sébastien Ogier (world rally champion)
Festivals: International Festival of Folk Dances, Mountain Cinema Festival, Amateur Theatre Festival
In 2010, the only time the Tour de France finished in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne was full of emotion, especially for Sandy Casar claiming a victory built on athletic power and on real tactical sens. After breaking away early in the day, he only had Luis Leon Sanchez and Damiano Cunego at his side in the final kilometre when victory would be decided. Against the Spaniard who had beaten him a year back in Saint-Girons, Casar eventually had the upper hand.
Sub-prefecture of Savoie (73)
Specialities: Mont Corbier liqueur, Savoie, reblochon, abondance, Beaufort (all cheeses, Opinel knives
Economy: aluminium, tourism, freight
Sports: skiing, bicycle touring, hiking
Celebrities: John the Baptist, Umberto of Savoy, Jean-Noël Augert, Jean-Baptiste Grange (skiers), Damien Spagnolo (MTB), Pierre Balmain (designer), Joseph Opinel (cutler)
Festivals: Quinzaine culturelle, Festival of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne (theatre, performing arts), Saint-Jean Festival, bread festival
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