Tonight is stage 18 the Queen Stage for this year’s Tour, Pinerolo to Galibier – Serre Chevalier, 200.5 km
JEAN-FRANÇOIS PESCHEUX’S ANALYSIS : A record to celebrate a centenary
“We return to France and there are three very big cols on the menu. The Agnel will be tackled for the first time ever from this side, then there’s the Izoard and its legendary Casse Déserte, followed by the Galibier. This will be our chance to celebrate the centenary of this mythic climb’s first appearance on the race route back in the 1911 Tour de France. In addition, the finish, located at an altitude of 2,645 metres, will be the highest in the race’s history. It will remove from the history books the place held since 1986 by the 2,413m Col du Granon. This stage will certainly see a match-up between all those riders who are in contention for the overall title, as will the stage the following day. Whoever is leading the race runs the risk of succumbing to such physical demands.”
- Stage 18 (200.5 km) Pinerolo >> Galibier – Serre Chevalier [SBS]
- Stage 18 preview: Pinerolo → Col du Galibier – Serre Chevalier, 201 km (Mountain) [SteepHill]
- July 21, Stage 18: Pinerolo – Galibier Serre-Chevalier 200.5km [CyclingNews]
- Stage 18 • PINEROLO > GALIBIER SERRE-CHEVALIER • 200.5km [EuroSport]
- stage 18 – Pinerolo > Galibier Serre-Chevalier 200.5 km [www.letour.fr]
- SBS 2011 Tour Tracker [SBS]
- Tour de France – Pinerolo – Col du Galibier “live match” [Eurosports]
- stage 18 – Pinerolo > Galibier Serre-Chevalier 200.5 km “live” [www.letour.fr]
Stage 18 results
Stage 18 Results
01 SCHLECK, Andy (LEOPARD-TREK) 6h 07′ 56″
02 SCHLECK, Frank (LEOPARD-TREK) + 02′ 07″
03 EVANS, Cadel (BMC RACING) + 02′ 15″
04 BASSO, Ivan (LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE) + 02′ 18″
05 VOECKLER, Thomas (EUROPCAR) + 02′ 21″
06 ROLLAND, Pierre (EUROPCAR) + 02′ 27″
07 CUNEGO, Damiano (LAMPRE – ISD) + 02′ 33″
08 TAARAMAE, Rein (COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE) + 03′ 22″
09 DANIELSON, Thomas (GARMIN-CERVELO) + 03′ 25″
10 HESJEDAL, Ryder (GARMIN-CERVELO) + 03′ 31″
11 IGLINSKIY, Maxim (ASTANA) + 03′ 35″
12 VANDEVELDE, Christian (GARMIN-CERVELO) + 03′ 38″
13 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, Haimar (RADIOSHACK) + 03′ 44″
14 VANENDERT, Jelle (OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO) + 03′ 50″
15 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (SAXO BANK SUNGARD)
The Tour de France celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of the Galibier in the race with a stunning stage. Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) turned the Tour around, attacking on the slopes of the Col d’Izoard and soloing his way to take the stage win atop the Galibier and moving up into second place overall. His brother and teammate Fränk sprinted to second place with Cadel Evans (BMC) third.
Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) continued his miracle Tour, hanging on to his yellow jersey, albeit by a mere 15 seconds. Andy Schleck is second, with Fränk third at 1:08. Evans is the only other rider who still has a realistic shot at the final podium, in fourth place at 1:12. From there, Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) is nearly four minutes down in fifth place.
(Reuters) – Alberto Contador said winning a fourth Tour de France title this year was now “impossible” after he cracked in the final ascent of Thursday’s 18th stage won by Andy Schleck.
The 28-year-old Spaniard finished 3 minutes and 50 seconds behind the stage winner, who is now poised to reach the top of the podium in Paris after finishing runner-up to Contador in the last two editions.
Cadel Evans remains buoyant about his Tour de France chances despite dropping to fourth overall after a dramatic stage 18.
A gallant Evans pulled back a vital 45 seconds on stage winner Andy Schleck in the final kilometre of stage 18 to keep his yellow jersey dream alive following the Luxembourg rider’s brave breakaway.
And despite losing time to key rivals Andy and Frank Schleck Evans knows his late charge has kept him in contention.
“It is my tour to win and it is my tour to lose,” Evans told reporters at the conclusion of stage 18.
– SBS Cycling Central
General classification after stage 18
01 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 79:34:06
02 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:00:15
03 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:01:08
04 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:12
05 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre – ISD 0:03:46
06 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
07 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:04:44
08 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:05:20
09 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:07:08
10 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:09:27
11 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:09:36
12 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:10:09
13 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:11:21
14 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack 0:12:01
15 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:12:46