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.read more
“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.”read more
“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.”read more
“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...read more
“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...read more
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.”read more
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.”read more
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...read more
Newsflashes (Local time)
|17:35||Top 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
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
|17:30||Chris Froome wins|
Chris Froome takes his second stage win with an advantage of 21 seconds over Tom Dumoulin.
|17:29||One second between Mollema and Yates|
Mollema is only one second behind Yates on the finishing line. He finished better than he started.
|17:27||Best time for Froome at time check 3|
At the third check point, Chris Froome has 13 seconds lead over Tom Dumoulin.
|17:23||Quintana has finished well|
Nairo Quintana finished strongly. He'll stay ahead of Romain Bardet on GC today.
|17:19||Bardet 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.
|17:18||The 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.
|17:16||Second best time for Richie Porte so far|
Tom Dumoulin remains in the lead. Richie Porte has the second best time.
|17:10||Good performance for Aru|
Fabio Aru has the provisional second best time on the finishing line, 11 seconds down on Tom Dumoulin.
|17:08||Quintana, 25th at Domancy|
Nairo Quintana doesn't seem to be going well. He has the 25th fastest time atop the côte de Domancy.
|17:04||Porte behind Dumoulin at check point 2|
At the second time check (km 10), Richie Porte has lost the lead to Tom Dumoulin.
|17:02||Bardet 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.
|16:58||Porte 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.
|16:50||Nairo Quintana on the road|
Nairo Quintana has left the starting ramp.
|16:45||Royal 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.
|16:39||Tejay 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.
|16:35||Mechanical 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.
|16:33||Last 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.
|16:32||Provisional 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
|16:22||Vincenzo 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...
|16:01||Tom 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.”
|15:57||Ilnur Zakarin on the road|
Yesterday's stage winner Ilnur Zakarin has left the starting ramp.
|15:53||Provisional 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.
|15:51||Dumoulin 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.
|15:46||New provisional best time for De Gendt|
Thomas De Gendt has bettered the time of Ion Izagirre by one second.
|15:41||Best 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.
|15:29||De Gendt has the new best time at côte de Domancy|
New best time at côte de Domancy: 11.54 for Thomas De Gendt.
|15:28||Fourth 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.
|15:21||Tom 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.
|15:15||Alaphilippe 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.
|14:54||Best 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
|14:45||Coppel in 31.90km/h|
Coppel's average speed is 31.90km/h.
|14:42||New best time for Jérôme Coppel|
Jérôme Coppel has the new provisional best time with 31.58.
|14:38||New best time for Sicard|
New provisional best time at the finish: 32.21 for Romain Sicard (Direct Energie)
|14:36||Oliveira best time|
New provisional best time on the finishing line: 32.29 for Nelson Oliveira.
|14:30||Strong 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
|14:25||Second 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.
|14:15||Gallopin 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.
|14:08||Provisional 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
|13:54||Ramunas 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...
|13:47||Boasson 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...
|13:41||Nicolas 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...
|13:35||World 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.
|13:26||Edet's speed: 31.27km/h|
Average speed of the current leader of the race: 31.27km/h.
|13:24||Edet has the best time|
Best time so far on the finishing line: Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) in 32.37.
|13:03||Navardauskas, second best time|
Lithuanian champion Ramunas Navardauskas has the second fastest time, in 33.46, which is 40 seconds slower than Alexis Gougeard.
|12:53||42 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.
|12:45||Alexis 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....
|12:36||Alexis 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...
|12:32||Shane 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.
|12:09||30.81km/h for Gougeard|
Alexis Gougeard has been the first rider to exceed 30km/h average: 30.81km/h.
|12:08||Gougeard 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.
|12:04||Jarlinson Pantano with the red bib|
Jarlinson Pantano has the red bib of the most aggressive rider yesterday. He'll start at 16.03.
|12:02||Movistar 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.
|11:57||Fabian 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.
|11:54||Adam 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.
|11:41||Best time on the line for Gougeard|
Provisional best time: Alexis Gougeard in 33.06. It's 2.14 faster than Leigh Howard.
|11:39||Rafal 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.
|11:34||Howard faster than Bak|
New best time on the finishing line for Leigh Howard: 35.20.
|11:31||Bennett first to finish|
Sam Bennett hasn't been rejoined by any other rider. He's first to cross the finishing line in 36.47.
|11:25||Alexis 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.
|11:22||Peter 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.
|11:18||Chris 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!
|11:16||5000 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).
|11:08||Three 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).
|10:54||Sam Bennett on the road|
Sam Bennett has started. The race is on.
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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