Thursday July 21st, 2016

Stage 18Sallanches / Megève

Start 10h45 (Local time)

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video21/07/2016 

Summary - Stage 18 (Sallanches / Megève) - Tour de France 2016

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Chris Froome confirmed his absolute superiority as he won the uphill time trial from Sallanches to Megève as he rode 21 seconds faster than specialist Tom Dumoulin. He significantly increased his lead in the overall ranking. With two Alpine stages remaining, Bauke Mollema is at 3.52, Adam Yates at 4.16, Nairo Quintana at 4.37 and Romain Bardet at 4.57.

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“There are two hard stages to come but luckily I have quite a lot of points of an advantage. I'll try to win a stage but the priority is the polka dot jersey. I'm tired. I've done Giro and Tour with breakaways and fights for the KOM… The legs feel it. Nothing is easy. If my rivals go away tomorrow, I'll try it too.”

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“I had a very good time trial. I couldn't have gone faster. I'm really looking forward to taking my chance and fighting for that podium. What I did today shows that I'm climbing really well at the moment. The team is fully behind me. The podium is so tight. I'll have to see where to take some time back.”

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“Big part of my success today was selecting the right equipment. When I saw the course, I thought I'd ride with the road bike but after the team analyzed it, we opted for a full TT set up. The Pinarello TT bike isn't 9kg anymore. The other aspect was pacing. For all those who started too fast, it was easy to get carried away. I didn't. I had some targets in my head with the numbers. I've had to adjust them more or less on the way but pretty much it went all according to the plan. I think I...

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“Today wasn't my best performance but it was also not too bad. It's pretty normal to be tired, I suppose. The time trial was ok, nothing special but nothing bad. I rode flat out to the first check point and then I kind of faded. But I'm satisfied. I'm still on the podium. But there are a lot of guys to watch and make sure they're not taking any time. Richie [Porte] is the strongest, he's the main guy to get to the podium. With two days to go, I'll take every stage as it comes and try not...

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Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin): “I'm pretty satisfied but I think I didn't ride my very best time trial. Froome showed he was simply the best. In the very steep part in the beginning I felt good and performing well and then I lost lots of energy in the intermediate section. I spent a long time in the hot seat but I expected it would be very hard. I knew it would be close.”

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Romain Bardet (Ag2R): “I'm very happy, I rode a good TT. I had good sensations. I really enjoyed it. There are still some nice stages ahead and we will now have to attack on stages that suit my abilities better than a TT. I hope to find a terrain for my attacking ambitions in the next few days.”

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Sporting stakes20.07.2016

Uphill time trial, a first since 2004

Only 17 out of 206 individual time trials of the Tour de France since the first one in 1934 have been contested uphill. The first one was up the Mont Ventoux on 13 July 1958. It gave the go to Charly Gaul's quest of the yellow jersey. There hasn't been any stage of this kind since the timed climb to L'Alpe d'Huez in 2004 that has remained one of the most popular stages ever in terms of number of spectators, even though they're always hard to quantify. Stage 18 from Sallanches to Megève...

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Official Teaser - Tour de France 2016

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Presentation - Stage 18 by Bernard Hinault - Tour de France 2016

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Newsflashes (Local time)

17:35Top 5 overall

1. Chris Froome

2. Bauke Mollema, at 3.52

3. Adam Yates, at 4.16

4. Nairo Quintana, at 4.37

5. Richie Porte, at 4.57

17:31Top 5

1. Chris Froome

2. Tom Dumoulin, at 0.21

3. Fabio Aru, at 0.33

4. Richie Porte, st

5. Romain Bardet, at 0.42

17:30Chris Froome wins

Chris Froome takes his second stage win with an advantage of 21 seconds over Tom Dumoulin.

17:29One second between Mollema and Yates

Mollema is only one second behind Yates on the finishing line. He finished better than he started.

17:27Best time for Froome at time check 3

At the third check point, Chris Froome has 13 seconds lead over Tom Dumoulin.

17:23Quintana has finished well

Nairo Quintana finished strongly. He'll stay ahead of Romain Bardet on GC today.

17:19Bardet stays ahead of Porte on GC

For just four seconds, Romain Bardet remains ahead of Richie Porte on GC. Fourth best time at the finish so far for the Frenchman.

17:18The Bernard Hinault prize to Richie Porte

Chris Froome has the fifth best time at côte de Domancy, 23 seconds slower than Richie Porte who will receive the 5000-euros Bernard Hinault price.

17:16Second best time for Richie Porte so far

Tom Dumoulin remains in the lead. Richie Porte has the second best time.

17:10Good performance for Aru

Fabio Aru has the provisional second best time on the finishing line, 11 seconds down on Tom Dumoulin.

17:08Quintana, 25th at Domancy

Nairo Quintana doesn't seem to be going well. He has the 25th fastest time atop the côte de Domancy.

17:04Porte behind Dumoulin at check point 2

At the second time check (km 10), Richie Porte has lost the lead to Tom Dumoulin.

17:02Bardet 30 seconds down at Domancy

Atop the côte de Domancy, Romain Bardet is 30 seconds slower than Richie Porte, so the Australian virtually moves up to the top 5.

16:58Porte best time at Domancy

Richie Porte has clocked 11.33 at côte de Domancy. It's 9 seconds faster than Tom Dumoulin. The 5000-euros Bernard Hinault prize is in his pocket... for now. Five more riders to come.

16:50Nairo Quintana on the road

Nairo Quintana has left the starting ramp.

16:45Royal trio of followers for Romain Bardet

In the super VIP car to follow Romain Bardet: Eddy Merckx, Jan Janssen and Bernard Hinault. All those Tour de France winners have been crowned world champions in Sallanches, the Belgian and the Dutchman in 1964 as amateur and pro respectively, the Frenchman as a pro in 1980 - an Olympic year, so there wasn't any amateur title assigned that year.

16:39Tejay van Garderen, so far...

Tejay van Garderen has clocked the 127th best time with a deficit of 1.51... He's definitely not at his best level right now. He's been passed by Pierre Rolland.

16:35Mechanical for Purito

Joaquim Rodriguez has had a bike change after a mechanical. He's fighting for the top ten overall. This is his last Tour. He'll call it a career at the end of this year at the age of 37.

16:33Last ten riders

Louis Meintjes has left the starting ramp. It's time for the last ten riders to race. Chris Froome will be last to start at 16.59.

16:32Provisional top 3

Unchanged since Tom Dumoulin crossed the line:

1. Tom Dumoulin, 31.04

2. Thomas De Gendt, at 0.41

3. Ion Izagirre, at 0.42

16:22Vincenzo Nibali: "My last chance for a result at the Olympics"

Vincenzo Nibali spoke to Francetélévisions after he clocked the fifth fastest time for now. “I was informed of my intermediate times via radio so I knew Tom Dumoulin was ahead and riding very strongly", the 2014 Tour de France winner said. "I've tried to do the best time trial possible. I'm happy with my ride and how I'm helping Fabio [Aru] in this Tour. The Giro d'Italia has taken a lot of energy out of me. Having good days and bad at the Tour after the Giro is just normal. It's not...

16:01Tom Dumoulin: «I don't think it's a winning time»

Current stage leader Tom Dumoulin spoke to Francetélévisions. “I'm satisfied with my performance but it probably won't be good enough to win today”, the Dutch national champion said. “It wasn't my best TT but also not a bad one. I've been over my limit sometimes. The GC riders should be able to do better. In his best form, Chris Froome would beat me.”

15:57Ilnur Zakarin on the road

Yesterday's stage winner Ilnur Zakarin has left the starting ramp.

15:53Provisional best time for Dumoulin

New provisional leader: Tom Dumoulin in 31.04 (av.: 32.83km/h). He's been 41 seconds faster than Thomas De Gendt.

15:51Dumoulin leads at all check points

At km 6.5, Dumoulin had 12 seconds lead over De Gendt, then 37 seconds at km 10 and 39 seconds at km 13.

15:46New provisional best time for De Gendt

Thomas De Gendt has bettered the time of Ion Izagirre by one second.

15:41Best time for Tom Dumoulin at check point 2

Tom Dumoulin has the best time at Combloux (km 10) with an advantage of 1.30 over Thomas De Gendt, second.

15:29De Gendt has the new best time at côte de Domancy

New best time at côte de Domancy: 11.54 for Thomas De Gendt.

15:28Fourth fastest time at Domancy for Alaphilippe

Julian Alaphilippe was tipped by many for the Bernard Hinault 5000-euros prize atop the côte de Domancy but he has clocked the fourth best time so far.

15:21Tom Dumoulin in action

Tom Dumoulin who already won the queen stage of the Pyrenees and the time trial in the Ardèche has left the starting ramp.

15:15Alaphilippe on the road

Julian Alaphilippe who finished fifth and best young rider in the vertical prologue of the Critérium du Dauphiné at Les Gets is on the road. He's a candidate for the super aggressive prize of the whole Tour de France.

14:54Best time for Ion Izagirre

New best provisional time on the finishing line by Spain's national champion Ion Izagirre: 31.46. Average speed: 32.11km/h

14:45Coppel in 31.90km/h

Coppel's average speed is 31.90km/h.

14:42New best time for Jérôme Coppel

Jérôme Coppel has the new provisional best time with 31.58.

14:38New best time for Sicard

New provisional best time at the finish: 32.21 for Romain Sicard (Direct Energie)

14:36Oliveira best time

New provisional best time on the finishing line: 32.29 for Nelson Oliveira.

14:30Strong start for French riders

French riders have the four best times at check point 1 so far:

1. Jérôme Coppel, 12.00

2. Tony Gallopin, at 0.01

3. Nicolas Edet, at 0.12

4. Romain Sicard, at 0.14

14:25Second best provisional time for Barta

Nicolas Edet has beaten Jan Barta who has the second best provisional time in 32.58, 21 seconds slower than the Frenchman.

14:15Gallopin best time so far at côte de Domancy

Tony Gallopin has the new provisional best time at côte de Domancy: 12.01. It's 11 seconds faster than Nicolas Edet. Portuguese national champion Nelson Oliveira is in the climb now.

14:08Provisional top 5

78 riders have crossed the finishing line. Provisional top 5:

1. Nicolas Edet, 32.37

2. Alexis Gougeard, at 29 sec

3. Pierre-Luc Périchon, at 1.09

4. Ramunas Navardauskas, st

5. Edvald Boasson Hagen, at 1.10

13:54Ramunas Navardauskas: "The parcours suits Froome"

Currently third best time on the finishing line, Lithuanian national champion for time trial Ramunas Navardauskas spoke to letour.com: “The wind doesn't play a big part. Only at the top, there's a little bit of head wind to deal with. But it's a nice parcours. There aren't any crazy corners. The most dangerous part is the last roundabout just before the finishing line [where Alexis Gougeard crashed]. Everything else is smooth. Roads are good. It suits the best climbers but you have to know...

13:47Boasson Hagen fifth at Domancy so far

Norwegian national champion for road and time trial Edvald Boasson Hagen has the fifth best time atop the côte de Domancy so far. He won the last stage of the 2010 Critérium du Dauphiné on that circuit, which was the replica of the 1980 world championship. 30 years later, Bernard Hinault and his team-mates from the French team (Robert Alban, Jean-René Bernaudeau, Bernard Bourreau, André Chalmel, Raymond Martin, Mariano Martinez, Régis Ovion, Christian Seznec, Bernard Thévenet, Bernard...

13:41Nicolas Edet: «I gave everything"

A last minute replacement for Nacer Bouhanni on the start list of the Tour de France, Nicolas Edet spoke to letour.com: “At the first check point (côte de Domancy, km 6.5), I realized that I had the best time but then I was in the unknown because I'm not used to lead time trials. It's a very nice course. I rode flat out. I have no regret. I needed to test myself for the coming few days because I've suffered in the wind in this Tour and I haven't been successful in catching breakaways...

13:35World champion out of the game...

Time trial world champion Vassil Kiryienka has ridden three minutes slower than Nicolas Edet... His job at the Tour de France isn't for his own performance but at the service of Chris Froome.

13:26Edet's speed: 31.27km/h

Average speed of the current leader of the race: 31.27km/h.

13:24Edet has the best time

Best time so far on the finishing line: Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) in 32.37.

13:03Navardauskas, second best time

Lithuanian champion Ramunas Navardauskas has the second fastest time, in 33.46, which is 40 seconds slower than Alexis Gougeard.

12:5342 riders at the finish

42 riders have crossed the line so far. Gougeard still has the best time with an advantage of one minute over Maciej Bodnar.

12:45Alexis Gougeard: «Bardet's top 5 is just happiness»

Alexis Gougeard also spoke to letour.com about his team captain Romain Bardet. “At least my crash will be an information for him to avoid doing the same mistake”, the time trial specialist from Normandy said. “I straight away told our staff that he must pay attention at that part of the race. He usually goes very fast downhill. Romain puts a smile on our face every day of the Tour. We're happy to work for him. He's very strong right now and today's time trial suits him really well....

12:36Alexis Gougeard: «I crashed 100 metres before the line»

Current fastest rider at the finish Alexis Gougeard revealed to letour.com that he crashed before crossing the line. AG2R-La Mondiale's sport director Stéphane Goubert who is an expert in uphill time trials as he made the top 5 – despite a mechanical – at L'Alpe d'Huez, the last uphill time trial of the Tour de France in 2004, evaluated the loss around thirty seconds. “I crashed 100 metres before the line”, Gougeard said. “There was a curve to the right. I underestimated the...

12:32Shane Archbold is a non starter

After his spectacular crash in the downhill of col des Mosses yesterday, Shane Archbold (Bora-Argon 18) has withdrawn from the Tour de France. He won't start the time trial today.

12:0930.81km/h for Gougeard

Alexis Gougeard has been the first rider to exceed 30km/h average: 30.81km/h.

12:08Gougeard one minute faster than Bodnar

Alexis Gougeard has really done well! Polish champion Maciej Bodnar who dethroned him from the hot seat at the previous time trial in the Ardèche has clocked one minute slower than the Frenchman. The Tinkoff rider has the second best time so far.

12:04Jarlinson Pantano with the red bib

Jarlinson Pantano has the red bib of the most aggressive rider yesterday. He'll start at 16.03.

12:02Movistar riders with yellow bibs but a smaller advantage

Movistar has lost 4.09 from Team Sky yesterday but the defending champions still lead the teams' classification. The British outfit is at 2.20. Previous leaders BMC Racing Team are at 14.48.

11:57Fabian Cancellara has pulled out

Fabian Cancellara was supposed to start at 13.01 but he has decided to quit the Tour de France. He completed the only entire Swiss stage and went back home. He was awarded for his career by Christian Prudhomme yesterday at the start in Bern.

11:54Adam Yates at 16.53

Adam Yates is the best young rider with 3.14 over Louis Meintjes. Warren Barguil is at more than half an hour… Yates will start at Sallanches six minutes before Chris Froome.

11:41Best time on the line for Gougeard

Provisional best time: Alexis Gougeard in 33.06. It's 2.14 faster than Leigh Howard.

11:39Rafal Majka at 15.51

Rafal Majka will start at 15.51 with the polka dot jersey. He scored 46 more KOM points yesterday while runner up Thomas De Gendt didn't get any on stage 17. With a difference of 83 points, Majka hasn't mathematically won the King of the Mountains competition yet but he'll probably make the podium on the Champs-Elysées again, like two years ago. Yesterday's winner Ilnur Zakarin has moved up with 78 points. Majka has 173.

11:34Howard faster than Bak

New best time on the finishing line for Leigh Howard: 35.20.

11:31Bennett first to finish

Sam Bennett hasn't been rejoined by any other rider. He's first to cross the finishing line in 36.47.

11:25Alexis Gougeard the fastest at Domancy so far

Alexis Gougeard has set the first interesting time at Domancy: 12.19. It's 55 seconds faster than Vegard Breen so far.

11:22Peter Sagan at 13.49

Peter Sagan will start at 13.49 with the green jersey. Yesterday at Finhaut-Emosson, he has mathematically won the points classification. His lead over Marcel Kittel is 197 points whereas 170 points are up for grabs in the last four stages. Providing that he completes the Tour de France within the time cut, he'll get his fifth consecutive green jersey on the Champs-Elysées on Sunday.

11:18Chris Froome at 16.59

Chris Froome will be last to start at 16.59 with the yellow jersey. His lead on GC is 2.27 over Bauke Mollema, 2.53 over Adam Yates, 3.27 over Nairo Quintana, 4.15 over Romain Bardet and 4.27 over Richie Porte. The fight for the podium is on!

11:165000 euros to the fastest rider at Domancy

The Souvenir Jacques-Goddet at the top of the Tourmalet and the Souvenir Henri-Desgrange at the highest peak of the race are well known. There's one more prime this year: the Bernard Hinault prize at the top of the côte de Domancy to recall the Frenchman's victory at the world championship in Sallanches in 1980. 5000 euros will be awarded to the fastest rider at the top of the climb (km 6.5).

11:08Three check points today

There are three time checks today: atop the côte de Domancy (km 6.5), at Combloux (km 10) and Les Berthelets (km 13.5).

10:54Sam Bennett on the road

Sam Bennett has started. The race is on.

10:37Welcome

Welcome to the live coverage of stage 18 in the 103rd Tour de France, from Sallanches to Megève, 17km uphill time trial. The first starter will be Sam Bennett at 10.51.

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