Tour de France 2013 – Stage 18

STAGE 18 Thursday, July 18th, Gap > Alpe d’Huez (173km Mountain)

Some riders were not looking forward to this stage.

But what a fantastic Alpe d’Huez stage it was! Christophe Riblon delivers a French stage victory after an earlier CX expedition on the descent.

Riblon-CX

Christophe Riblon

Tejay van Garderen so close, but so far. I guess we will be hearing about that cluster f#%k for some time to come. Contador didn’t have the legs (but did have the bike weight). Andy Schleck attacked, he is riding back into some form. Richie Porte proved he is *the* super domestic to have in your team with some great riding to keep Chris Froome in the Yellow Jersey.

Roomie-Froomie

The Roadside Random are getting weirder every year

Things got serious

But not so serious for some

Even though they were warned, some idiots cannot help themselves

Chris Froome (Sky) admits to getting a gel from the car within final 20km (against race rules) and is given a 20 secs penalty. A good outcome for Sky as a bonk at this point would have cost more than 20 seconds.

Bikes being weighing at the finish;

Things are definitely different to last year

Stage 18 Results
01 RIBLON, Christophe FRA (AG2R LA MONDIALE) 4:51:32
02 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay USA (BMC RACING) + 59
03 MOSER, Moreno ITA (CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING) + 1:27
04 QUINTANA ROJAS, Nairo Alexander COL (MOVISTAR TEAM) + 2:12
05 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquin ESP (KATUSHA) + 2:15
06 PORTE, Richie AUS (SKY PROCYCLING) + 3:18
07 FROOME, Christopher GBR (SKY PROCYCLING)
08 VALVERDE BELMONTE, Alejandro ESP (MOVISTAR TEAM) + 3:22
09 NIEVE ITURALDE, Mikel ESP (EUSKALTEL EUSKADI) + 4:15
10 FUGLSANG, Jakob DEN (ASTANA PRO TEAM)

GC after Stage 18
01 FROOME, Christopher GBR (SKY PROCYCLING) 71:02:19
02 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto ESP (SAXO-TINKOFF) + 5:11
03 QUINTANA ROJAS, Nairo Alexander COL (MOVISTAR TEAM) + 5:32
04 KREUZIGER, Roman CZE (SAXO-TINKOFF) + 5:44
05 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquin ESP (KATUSHA) + 5:58
06 MOLLEMA, Bauke NED (BELKIN PRO CYCLING) + 8:58
07 FUGLSANG, Jakob DEN (ASTANA PRO TEAM) + 9:33
08 ROGERS, Michael AUS (SAXO-TINKOFF) + 14:26
09 KWIATKOWSKI, Michal POL (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) + 14:38
10 TEN DAM, Laurens NED (BELKIN PRO CYCLING) + 14:39

#LVDT
Les Vaches du Tour Stage 18: Round-up

#TrollDJ – Stage 18
♫ Flight of the Conchords – Foux Da Fa Fa. :: #TrollDJ has been saving that one up!
♫ Tijuana Cartel – Not Coming Down Something New :: “Something new” Some Quintana magic
♫ London Philharmonic Orchestra – Hall of the Mountain King :: Alpe d’Huez that’s a King of a mountain!
♫ The Italian Job soundtrack – Getta Bloomin’ Move On! (Self Preservation Society) :: getting the autobus together for the afternoon
♫ George Thorogood & The Destroyers – Who Do You Love? :: the #RoadsideRandoms are out in force today
♫ Last Dinosaurs – Andy :: Andy attacks! Schleckavescence
♫ Thirsty Merc – Now or Never :: “I’m off my head” you possibly need to be to tuck in these descents 😉
♫ Queens of the Stone Age – Smooth Sailing :: “I’ve got nothing to lose” Bertie going for it tonight
♫ The Mavericks – Come Unto Me :: Get off the road you Muppet *whack!* // and good night!

#Sagwagon
Cycling Central’s signature Tour de France podcast team.

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