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2018 Tour de France

The 2018 Tour de France was the 105th edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling's three Grand Tours. The 3,351 km (2,082 mi) race started from Noirmoutier-en-l'Île, in the Vendée department, on 7 July and concluded with the Champs-Élysées stage in Paris, on 29 July.[n 1] A total of 176 riders across 22 teams were participating in the 21-stage race. The Tour was the shortest of the millennium and was the fifth time a tour had set out from Vendée. The race was won for the first time by Geraint Thomas of Team Sky. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) placed second, with Thomas' teammate and four-time Tour champion Chris Froome coming third.

2018 Tour de France
2018 UCI World Tour, race 25 of 37
Route of the 2018 Tour de France
Route of the 2018 Tour de France
Race details
Dates7–29 July
Stages21
Distance3,351 km (2,082 mi)
Winning time83h 17' 13"
Results
Winner  Geraint Thomas (GBR) (Team Sky)
  Second  Tom Dumoulin (NED) (Team Sunweb)
  Third  Chris Froome (GBR) (Team Sky)

Points  Peter Sagan (SVK) (Bora–Hansgrohe)
Mountains  Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) (Quick-Step Floors)
Youth  Pierre Latour (FRA) (AG2R La Mondiale)
Combativity  Dan Martin (IRL) (UAE Team Emirates)
Team Movistar Team
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The opening stage was won by Fernando Gaviria of Quick-Step Floors, who became the Tour's first rider to wear the general classification leader's yellow jersey. Peter Sagan (Bora–Hansgrohe) then took the race lead the following stage. BMC Racing Team won stage three's team time trial, putting their rider Greg Van Avermaet in yellow. He held the jersey for eight days until the second high mountain stage, where stage winner Thomas took the lead. He held it for the rest of the race to become the first Welshman to win the overall race. As a result, Team Sky—and additionally British riders—won six of the previous seven Tours dating back to 2012.

Sagan won the points classification for the sixth time, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) won the mountains classification, and Pierre Latour of AG2R La Mondiale won the young rider classification. Movistar Team won the team classification, and UAE Team Emirates rider Dan Martin was named the most combative for the entire race.

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TeamsEdit

 
The Place Napoléon [fr] square in La Roche-sur-Yon, hosted the team presentation ceremony on 5 July.

The 18 UCI WorldTeams were automatically invited to the race. On 6 January 2018, organisers of the Tour, the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), announced the four second-tier UCI Professional Continental teams that received a wildcard invitation to participate in the event. The four teams were Cofidis, Direct Énergie, Fortuneo–Samsic, from France and Belgium's Wanty–Groupe Gobert, all of which have participated in the race before.[2] This meant that new French team Vital Concept, with their team leader, sprinter Bryan Coquard, missed out on the race. Christian Prudhomme wished the team the best in their inaugural season.[3] The presentation of the teams—where the members of each team's roster are introduced in front of the media and local dignitaries—took place on Place Napoleon [fr] in the town of La Roche-sur-Yon on 5 July, two days before the opening stage.[4]

New rules by the cycling's governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) reduced the number of riders per team for Grand Tours from 9 to 8, resulting in a start list total of 176, instead of the usual 198.[5][6] Of these, 35 competed in their first Tour de France.[7] The total number of riders that finished the race was 145.[8] The riders came from 30 countries. Seven countries had more than 10 riders in the race: France (35), Belgium (19), the Netherlands (13), Italy (13), Australia (11), Germany (11) and Spain (11).[6] The average age of riders in the race was 29.37 years,[9] ranging from the 21-year-old Egan Bernal (Team Sky) to the 40-year-old Franco Pellizotti (Bahrain–Merida).[10][11] Groupama–FDJ had the youngest average age while Bahrain–Merida had the oldest.[12]

The teams entering the race were:[6]

UCI WorldTeams

UCI Professional Continental teams

Pre-race favouritesEdit

FroomeEdit

 
Defending champion Chris Froome (pictured at the 2017 Tour de France) had been considered the favourite for the general classification.

Defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) had generally been considered the main favourite for the general classification.[13] He had won four out of the last five editions, and was also the current defending champion at both other Grand Tours, the Vuelta a España and the Giro d'Italia. However, Froome's participation was cast into doubt when he returned a urine sample at the 2017 Vuelta a España, which contained twice the allowed amount of the asthma drug salbutamol. This was considered not as a positive doping result, but as an "Adverse Analytical Finding" (AAF), meaning that he was allowed to continue racing until the case was resolved. He did however face the possibility of losing his Vuelta victory and all subsequent results.[14] The ASO were unhappy with the situation, which was very similar to that of Alberto Contador, who started the 2011 Tour with his case over a positive test for clenbuterol still unresolved.[15] The UCI conducted an investigation into the AAF, which was still unresolved at the time that Froome won the 2018 Giro d'Italia. With an outcome before the start of the Tour unlikely, the ASO attempted to bar Froome from starting the race, citing article 28 of the race's rules, saying that the organiser "expressly reserves the right to refuse participation in—or to exclude from—the event, a team or any of its members whose presence would be such as to damage the image or reputation of ASO or the event".[16] Froome was cleared by the UCI on 2 July 2018, with a press statement reading that the authorities had found sufficient evidence "that Mr Froome's sample results do not constitute an AAF".[17] He was thereafter cleared to start the Tour by the ASO as well.[18]

OthersEdit

The closest rivals of Froome were thought to be Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team), Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa (both of Movistar Team), Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain–Merida).[19] The other riders considered contenders for the general classification were Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Primož Roglič (LottoNL–Jumbo), Adam Yates (Mitchelton–Scott), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale), Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates), Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) and Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha–Alpecin).[13][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28]

The sprinters considered favourites for the points classification and wins on the flat or hilly bunch sprint finishes were Peter Sagan (Bora–Hansgrohe), Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL–Jumbo), Arnaud Démare (Groupama–FDJ), Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha–Alpecin), Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb), Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data), André Greipel (Lotto–Soudal), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain–Merida) and John Degenkolb (Trek–Segafredo).[29][30][31]

Route and stagesEdit

 
The highest point of elevation in the race was the Col de Portet Pyrenean pass, at 2,215 m (7,267 ft). It was used for the first time in the Tour de France.

On 12 February 2017, at a rugby union match between France and Scotland at the Stade de France, the Tour's race director Christian Prudhomme announced the start of the 2018 Tour (known as the Grand Départ) would be in the Vendée department, in the Pays de la Loire region. The departments in the Pays de la Loire region hosted the Tour de France in its first edition back in 1903. Since then, the cities and towns of the Pays de la Loire region have welcomed the Grand Départ of the Tour de France nine times, five of which have set out from the Vendée. The last time the region hosted the Tour was in 2011.[32] Two weeks after the announcement, the ASO revealed that the Grand Départ would take place over three stages, with the third a team time trial.[33] In June 2017, the UCI's Professional Cycling Council (PCC) moved the start of the Tour a week later than usual and originally planned due to a clash with the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[1] The full route was announced on 17 October 2017; it was almost completely within France,[34] with short deviations into Spain in the Pyrenees the only exceptions.[35] It would feature two of the Tour's most historic climbs, Alpe d'Huez and the Col du Tourmalet, which last featured in 2015 and 2016 respectively.[34] Notable was stage nine's 21.7 km (13.5 mi) of cobblestones (or pavé), split across fifteen sectors, a feature that was last seen in the 2015 Tour. It finished in Roubaix, home of the famous one-day race Paris–Roubaix, one of the five "monuments" of cycling.[36] For the first time in 60 to 70 years, it included a section of unpaved roads on the Glières Plateau.[34] Of the route, Mark Cavendish labelled it "absolutely brutal".[37]

Stage one began in the village of Noirmoutier-en-l'Île on the island of Noirmoutier, before heading along the coast of the Vendée department. The following two stages were loops, with the third taking the route north into the Maine-et-Loire department. The next three stages took place in the region of Brittany, ending with two laps of the short, but steep, climb in Mûr-de-Bretagne. The seventh, eighth and ninth stages headed north-east with finishes in Chartres, Amiens and Roubaix, respectively. A long transfer then moved the race to the Alps. Following three stages in the mountains, the Tour descended into the Drôme department and stage thirteen's finish in the city of Valence. The Massif Central highland region hosted stage fourteen, with the finish in Mende. The next two transitional stages took the race south-west to the Pyrenees across a continuous journey between Millau, Carcassonne and Bagnères-de-Luchon. After two Pyreneean stages, the eighteenth stage took place in the foothills between Trie-sur-Baïse to Pau. The next stage headed back into the mountains, before the penultimate stage, which took place close to the west coast in the French Basque Country. A long transfer took the Tour to its conclusion in Paris with the Champs-Élysées stage.[35][38]

There were 21 stages in the race, covering a total distance of 3,351 km (2,082 mi), the shortest of the 21st century up to that point.[39][40] There were two time trial events, stage 3's 35.5 km (22 mi) team time trial and stage 20's 31 km (19 mi) individual time trial.[39] Of the remaining nineteen stages, eight were officially classified as flat, five as hilly and six as mountain.[39] The longest mass-start stage was stage 7, at 231 km (144 mi), and the shortest was stage 17, at 65 km (40 mi).[39] There were summit finishes on stages stage eleven to La Rosière, stage twelve to Alpe d’Huez, and stage seventeen to the Col de Portet.[38] The highest point of the race was the 2,215 m (7,267 ft)-high Col de Portet Pyrenean pass, the first time it had been used in the Tour de France.[41] It was among nine hors catégorie (English: "out of category") rated climbs in the race.[38] There were nine new stage start or finish locations. The rest days were after stage nine, in Annecy, and fifteen, in Carcassonne.[39]

Stage characteristics and winners[39][38]
Stage Date Course Distance Stage type Winner
1 7 July Noirmoutier-en-l'Île to Fontenay-le-Comte 201 km (125 mi)   Flat stage   Fernando Gaviria (COL)
2 8 July Mouilleron-Saint-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon 182.5 km (113 mi)   Flat stage   Peter Sagan (SVK)
3 9 July Cholet to Cholet 35.5 km (22 mi)   Team time trial  BMC Racing Team
4 10 July La Baule to Sarzeau 195 km (121 mi)   Flat stage   Fernando Gaviria (COL)
5 11 July Lorient to Quimper 204.5 km (127 mi)   Hilly stage   Peter Sagan (SVK)
6 12 July Brest to Mûr-de-Bretagne 181 km (112 mi)   Hilly stage   Dan Martin (IRL)
7 13 July Fougères to Chartres 231 km (144 mi)   Flat stage   Dylan Groenewegen (NED)
8 14 July Dreux to Amiens 181 km (112 mi)   Flat stage   Dylan Groenewegen (NED)
9 15 July Arras to Roubaix 156.5 km (97 mi)   Hilly stage   John Degenkolb (GER)
16 July Annecy Rest day
10 17 July Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand 158.5 km (98 mi)   Mountain stage   Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
11 18 July Albertville to La Rosière 108.5 km (67 mi)   Mountain stage   Geraint Thomas (GBR)
12 19 July Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Alpe d'Huez 175.5 km (109 mi)   Mountain stage   Geraint Thomas (GBR)
13 20 July Le Bourg-d'Oisans to Valence 169.5 km (105 mi)   Flat stage   Peter Sagan (SVK)
14 21 July Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Mende 188 km (117 mi)   Hilly stage   Omar Fraile (ESP)
15 22 July Millau to Carcassonne 181.5 km (113 mi)   Hilly stage   Magnus Cort Nielsen (DNK)
23 July Carcassonne Rest day
16 24 July Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon 218 km (135 mi)   Mountain   Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
17 25 July Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan (Col de Portet) 65 km (40 mi)   Mountain stage   Nairo Quintana (COL)
18 26 July Trie-sur-Baïse to Pau 171 km (106 mi)   Flat   Arnaud Démare (FRA)
19 27 July Lourdes to Laruns 200.5 km (125 mi)   Mountain stage   Primož Roglič (SLO)
20 28 July Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle to Espelette 31 km (19 mi)   Individual time trial   Tom Dumoulin (NED)
21 29 July Houilles to Paris (Champs-Élysées) 116 km (72 mi)   Flat stage   Alexander Kristoff (NOR)
Total 3,351 km (2,082 mi)

Race overviewEdit

 
The peloton during the finale of the sixth stage

Stage one's bunch sprint was won by Tour debutant Fernando Gaviria, with Peter Sagan coming in second and Marcel Kittel in third. Gaviria took the yellow and green jerseys as the leader of the general and points classifications respectively. Kévin Ledanois (Fortuneo–Samsic) took the first polka dot jersey as the leader of the mountains classification.[42] Sagan won stage two from a sprint to take the yellow and green jerseys, with Dion Smith of Wanty–Groupe Gobert claiming the polka.[43] Stage three's team time trial was won by BMC Racing Team whose riders Tejay van Garderen and Greg Van Avermaet became tied for the overall lead,[44] with Van Avermaet moving into yellow for the second time in his career due to him crossing the finish line ahead of Van Garderen in the first two stages being as there was not yet an individual time trial to measure their times down to the 1000th of a second.[45] Stage four was won by Gaviria from a bunch sprint.[46][47] Sagan further extend his lead in the points competition by winning stage five. Also in stage five, Toms Skujiņš of Trek–Segafredo won the mountains points which gave him the polka. Skujins became the first rider from Latvia to ever lead the mountains classification.[48]

Stage six was a sprint that Sagan and John Degenkolb raced for, seeing as virtually all of the top sprinters finished close to fifteen minutes behind the general classification contenders. Team Sky, BMC Racing Team, and Movistar Team controlled the peloton, where Geraint Thomas reeled in the final breakaway rider and won the three second time bonus sprint that put him back only three seconds behind Van Avermaet in the general classification. With only a kilometre to go Dan Martin attacked and was able to stay away and win the stage one second ahead of the bulk of the general classification contenders. Romain Bardet and Tom Dumoulin suffered mechanical issues late in the stage which made them lose time.[49][50] At the start of stage seven, Van Avermaet remained in the yellow jersey with Thomas in second at three seconds behind. The stage was won by Dylan Groenewegen from a sprint finish.[51] There were multiple crashes in the first week of the Tour with six riders abandoning the race for various reasons; included were the promising young Belgian Tiesj Benoot (Lotto–Soudal), Luis León Sánchez (Astana), and the green jersey winner of the 2017 Tour Michael Matthews.[52]

 
Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) wearing the race leader's yellow on one of stage nine's pavé sectors. He held the jersey from stage three to ten.

Groenewegen then won his second sprint stage in a row. Notably, André Greipel and Gaviria were penalized for headbutting each other and lost their placing and green jersey points.[53] Martin lost more than a minute after being involved in a crash during the stage. Van Avermaet improved his lead in the general classification after earning a single second in the bonus sprint.[54] Stage nine was the cobblestone stage that was a bad day for numerous sprinters and general classification riders. Porte abandoned after a crash for the second year in a row.[55] Egan Bernal, Jakob Fuglsang, Chris Froome, and Mikel Landa crashed as did many other riders; many riders had flat tires as well, including Bardet, who got three of them.[56] Meanwhile, Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors), Degenkolb, and Van Avermaet survived the carnage that happened around them to escape the remaining riders from the peloton and crossed the finish together with stage winner Degenkolb. Van Avermaet gained time, as well as another time bonus, to extend his lead in the yellow jersey.[57] The following day was the Tour's first rest day.[39]

The first stage in the high mountains and first in the Alps, the tenth, was won by Quick-Step Floors rider Julian Alaphilippe from a large breakaway that included race leader Van Avermaet. Eventually, Alaphilippe attacked and won his first Tour stage while Van Avermaet retained his yellow jersey and extended his lead to nearly two and a half minutes,[58] when many pundits and fans were predicting the first day in the Alps would be his last as race leader.[59] Alaphilippe also took the mountains classification.[58] Thomas achieved back-to-back summit finish wins both from the group of favourites on stages eleven and twelve by pushing the breakaway riders until the very end. In the steep finish of the eleventh, Thomas attacked in the final kilometre and passed lone breakaway rider Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton–Scott) and was able to distance himself from his teammate Froome as well as Dumoulin by twenty seconds to take the win.[60] He then won following stage from a sprint with the overall contenders on the flat finish after the climb of Alpe d'Huez. LottoNL–Jumbo's Steven Kruijswijk was caught by the group in the final kilometres after he had escaped, with 73 km (45.4 mi) remaining, from a breakaway that had formed early in the stage. Following this stage Thomas, Dumoulin and Froome arose as the likely contenders to be wearing the yellow yersey in Paris.[61] Sagan won stage thirteen with a surprise attack in closing meters, whilst Alexander Kristoff and Arnaud Démare duelled it out.[62] In stage fourteen, Omar Fraile of Astana came out of the breakaway and remarkably opened a twenty-minute gap to the main peloton with the yellow jersey contenders. There were many withdrawals after the Alps and numerous top tier riders like Kittel, Mark Cavendish, Rigoberto Urán, Gaviria, Groenewegen, and Greipel withdrew for various reasons. Vincenzo Nibali was forced to withdraw after fracturing a vertebrae in his back after being involved in an accident with a spectator near the summit of Alpe d'huez. Smoke from flares and animosity towards Froome were a factor and better security was called for by many people for the final week.[63]

 
Tom Dumoulin of Team Sunweb (left) placed second to Team Sky's Geraint Thomas (right) (pictured on stage nineteen) in the final general classification.

Stage fifteen, the start of the final week, was once again a breakaway victory. Magnus Cort took Astana's second win in two days as there were no major changes overall.[64] The next day was the second rest day of the race.[39] Stage sixteen had a further incident when the police used tear gas against a protest by local farmers who had placed hay bales on the road. As the riders passed that point, there was still gas in the air. The race was neutralized for about fifteen minutes because several riders had problems with their eyes and had to rinse them.[65] After the restart, a large breakaway escaped and Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors), while in the lead on a descent, lost control of his bike and smashed into and over the wall. Later, Adam Yates, having taken the lead, fell on the final descent and handed the position and win to Alaphilippe, giving him his second stage win of the tour.[66]

On stage seventeen, the first of three in the Pyrenees, Froome's challenge faded on the approach to the summit of the Col de Portet and he dropped to third position in the general classification, 2 min 31 s behind Thomas. Dumoulin moved into second place, 1 min 59 s off the lead. Nairo Quintana won the stage after attacking at the bottom of the final climb, moving himself up to fifth overall, behind Primož Roglič.[67] The flat stage eighteen was won by Démare in a sprint finish following a near perfect leadout by teammate Jacopo Guarnieri. By this point most of the top sprinters had now left the race but it was a remarkable victory considering Démare had nearly missed the time cut and been thrown out of the race on the previous stage along with Sagan, who had crashed heavily and was suffering with injuries.[68] On the mountainous stage nineteen from Lourdes to Laruns, Roglič attacked following the final climb, the Col d'Aubisque, and on the descent he was able to build a gap to the point he soloed to the finish line nineteen seconds ahead of the chasing group of overall favourites jumping ahead of Froome for the final podium position in the process. Thomas was able to consolidate his overall position by picking up six bonus seconds in the sprint, thereby extending his lead over Dumoulin to 2 min 5 s.[69] The penultimate stage was a 31 km (19.3 mi) time trial, Dumoulin won the stage, one second ahead of Froome who was able to retake third position overall. Thomas survived a scare when his back wheel locked, but completed the time trial successfully, finishing fourteen seconds behind Dumoulin taking a lead of 1 min 51 s into the final stage.[70]

The final stage in Paris was won by Kristoff in a bunch sprint on the Champs-Élysées.[71] Thomas won the race with no changes in the final stage. Froome came third overall, 2 min 24 s down on Thomas. Sagan won the points classification with a total of 477, 231 ahead of Kristoff in second. Alaphilippe won the mountains classification with 169 points, with the 2017 winner and compatriot Warren Barguil (Fortuneo–Samsic) second with 80 points. The best young rider was thirteenth-placed overall Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), with fifteenth-placed overall Bernal second. Movistar Team finished as the winners of the team classification, 12 min 33 s ahead of second-placed Team Sky and Dan Martin claimed the Most Aggressive rider of the entire TDF award.[8]

Classification leadershipEdit

Four main individual classifications were contested in the 2018 Tour de France, as well as a team competition. The most important was the general classification, calculated by adding each rider's finishing times on each stage.[72] Time bonuses were awarded at the end of every stage apart from the time trial stages. The first three riders would get 10, 6, and 4 seconds, respectively. Time bonuses of three, two and one seconds, would be given to the first three riders to cross a "bonus point" in each of the first nine mass-start stages of the race. It would affect the general classification, but not the points.[73] For crashes within the final 3 km (1.9 mi) of a stage, not including time trials and summit finishes, any rider involved would receive the same time as the group he was in when the crash occurred.[74] The rider with the lowest cumulative time would be the winner of the general classification and the overall winner of the Tour.[72] The rider leading the classification would wear a yellow jersey.[75]

Points classification points for the top 15 positions by type[76]
Type 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
  Flat stage 50 30 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
  Medium mountain stage 30 25 22 19 17 15 13 11 9
  High mountain stage 20 17 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  Individual time trial
  Intermediate sprint

The second classification was the points classification. Riders received points for finishing among the highest placed in a stage finish, or in intermediate sprints during the stage. The points available for each stage finish were determined by the stage's type.[76] The leader was identified by a green jersey.[75]

The third classification was the mountains classification. Points were awarded to the riders that reached the summit of the most difficult climbs first. The climbs were categorized, in order of increasing difficulty, as fourth-, third-, second-, and first-category and hors catégorie (read: "beyond category").[76] Double points were awarded at the top of the last mountains in the three mountain stages in the Pyrenees (16, 17 and 19).[77] The leader wore a white jersey with red polka dots.[75]

The final individual classification was the young rider classification. This was calculated the same way as the general classification, but was restricted to riders born on or after 1 January 1993.[76] The leader wears a white jersey.[75]

The final classification was a team classification. This was calculated using the finishing times of the best three riders per team on each stage; the leading team was the team with the lowest cumulative time. The number of stage victories and placings per team determined the outcome of a tie.[76] The riders in the team that lead this classification are identified with yellow number bibs on the back of their jerseys and yellow helmets.[78]

In addition, there was a combativity award given after each stage to the rider considered, by a jury, to have "made the greatest effort and who demonstrated the best qualities of sportsmanship".[73] No combativity awards are given for the time trials and the final stage.[79] The winner wore a red number bib the following stage.[80] At the conclusion of the Tour, a rider would win the overall super-combativity award which was, again, awarded by a jury.[73]

A total of €2,287,750 was awarded in cash prizes in the race.[79] The overall winner of the general classification received €500,000, with the second and third placed riders getting €200,000 and €100,000 respectively.[81] All finishers in the top 160 were awarded money.[81] The holders of the classifications would benefit on each stage they led; the final winners of the points and mountains would be given €25,000, while the best young rider and most combative rider would get €20,000.[82] The team classification winners was given €50,000.[83] €11,000 was given to the winners of each stage of the race, with smaller amounts given to places 2–20.[81] There were also two special awards each with a prize of €5000.[79] The Souvenir Henri Desgrange, given to first rider to pass the summit of the highest climb in the Tour, the Col du Portet on stage seventeen,[84] and the Souvenir Jacques Goddet, given to the first rider to pass Goddet's memorial at the summit of the Col du Tourmalet in stage nineteen.[79] Nairo Quintana won the Henri Desgrange and Julian Alaphilippe won the Jacques Goddet.[85][86]

Classification leadership by stage[87]
Stage Winner General classification
 
Points classification
 
Mountains classification
 
Young rider classification
 
Team classification
 
Combativity award
 
1 Fernando Gaviria Fernando Gaviria Fernando Gaviria Kévin Ledanois Fernando Gaviria Quick-Step Floors Yoann Offredo
2 Peter Sagan Peter Sagan Peter Sagan Dion Smith Sylvain Chavanel
3 BMC Racing Team Greg Van Avermaet Søren Kragh Andersen No award
4 Fernando Gaviria Jérôme Cousin
5 Peter Sagan Toms Skujiņš Toms Skujiņš
6 Daniel Martin Damien Gaudin
7 Dylan Groenewegen Laurent Pichon
8 Dylan Groenewegen Fabien Grellier
9 John Degenkolb Damien Gaudin
10 Julian Alaphilippe Julian Alaphilippe Pierre Latour Movistar Team Greg Van Avermaet
11 Geraint Thomas Geraint Thomas Alejandro Valverde
12 Geraint Thomas Steven Kruijswijk
13 Peter Sagan Michael Schär
14 Omar Fraile Jasper Stuyven
15 Magnus Cort Nielsen Rafał Majka
16 Julian Alaphilippe Bahrain–Merida Philippe Gilbert
17 Nairo Quintana Movistar Team Tanel Kangert
18 Arnaud Démare Luke Durbridge
19 Primož Roglič Mikel Landa
20 Tom Dumoulin No award
21 Alexander Kristoff
Final Geraint Thomas Peter Sagan Julian Alaphilippe Pierre Latour Movistar Team Dan Martin
  • In stage two, Marcel Kittel, who was third in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because first placed Fernando Gaviria wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification and Peter Sagan, who was second in the points classification, wore the rainbow jersey of the world champion.
  • In stage two, Dylan Groenewegen, who was second in the best young rider classification, wore the white jersey, because first placed Fernando Gaviria wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification.
  • In stage three, Alexander Kristoff, who was third in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because first placed Peter Sagan wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification, and second placed Fernando Gaviria wore the white jersey as leader of the young rider classification.
  • In stage seventeen Philippe Gilbert did not start, so no rider wore the red bib as the most combative rider of previous stage.

Final standingsEdit

Legend
  Denotes the winner of the general classification[75]   Denotes the winner of the mountains classification[75]
  Denotes the winner of the points classification[75]   Denotes the winner of the young rider classification[75]
  Denotes the winner of the team classification[75]   Denotes the winner of the combativity award[75]

General classificationEdit

Final general classification (1–10)[8]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Geraint Thomas (GBR)   Team Sky 83h 17' 13"
2   Tom Dumoulin (NED) Team Sunweb + 1' 51"
3   Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky + 2' 24"
4   Primož Roglič (SVN) LottoNL–Jumbo + 3' 22"
5   Steven Kruijswijk (NED) LottoNL–Jumbo + 6' 08"
6   Romain Bardet (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale + 6' 57"
7   Mikel Landa (ESP)   Movistar Team + 7' 37"
8   Dan Martin (IRL)   UAE Team Emirates + 9' 05"
9   Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 12' 37"
10   Nairo Quintana (COL)   Movistar Team + 14' 18"

Points classificationEdit

Final points classification (1–10)[8]
Rank Rider Team Points
1   Peter Sagan (SVK)   Bora–Hansgrohe 477
2   Alexander Kristoff (NOR) UAE Team Emirates 246
3   Arnaud Démare (FRA) Groupama–FDJ 203
4   John Degenkolb (GER) Trek–Segafredo 178
5   Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)   Quick-Step Floors 143
6   Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) BMC Racing Team 134
7   Andrea Pasqualon (ITA) Wanty–Groupe Gobert 115
8   Geraint Thomas (GBR)   Team Sky 110
9   Sonny Colbrelli (ITA) Bahrain–Merida 104
10   Dan Martin (IRL)   UAE Team Emirates 98

Mountains classificationEdit

Final mountains classification (1–10)[8]
Rank Rider Team Points
1   Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)   Quick-Step Floors 170
2   Warren Barguil (FRA) Fortuneo–Samsic 91
3   Rafał Majka (POL) Bora–Hansgrohe 76
4   Geraint Thomas (GBR)   Team Sky 74
5   Tom Dumoulin (NED) Team Sunweb 63
6   Primož Roglič (SVN) LottoNL–Jumbo 56
7   Dan Martin (IRL)   UAE Team Emirates 41
8   Nairo Quintana (COL)   Movistar Team 40
9   Tanel Kangert (EST) Astana 39
10   Steven Kruijswijk (NED) LottoNL–Jumbo 36

Young rider classificationEdit

Final young rider classification (1–10)[8]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Pierre Latour (FRA)   AG2R La Mondiale 83h 39' 26"
2   Egan Bernal (COL) Team Sky + 5' 39"
3   Guillaume Martin (FRA) Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 22' 05"
4   David Gaudu (FRA) Groupama–FDJ + 1h 07' 18"
5   Daniel Martínez (COL) EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale + 1h 16' 01"
6   Antwan Tolhoek (NED) LottoNL–Jumbo + 1h 16' 48"
7   Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN) Team Sunweb + 1h 44' 10"
8   Stefan Küng (SUI) BMC Racing Team + 1h 45' 01"
9   Marc Soler (ESP)   Movistar Team + 1h 56' 14"
10   Magnus Cort (DEN) Astana + 2h 10' 13"

Team classificationEdit

Final team classification (1–10)[8]
Rank Team Time
1 Movistar Team   250h 24' 53"
2 Bahrain–Merida + 12' 33"
3 Team Sky + 31' 14"
4 LottoNL–Jumbo + 47' 24"
5 Astana + 1h 15' 32"
6 Team Sunweb + 1h 58' 54"
7 AG2R La Mondiale + 2h 15' 49"
8 BMC Racing Team + 2h 35' 45"
9 Quick-Step Floors + 3h 06' 17"
10 Mitchelton–Scott + 3h 13' 41"

UCI rankingsEdit

The race was the 25th of the 37 events in the UCI World Tour,[88] with riders from the WorldTeams competing for individually and for their teams for points that contributed towards the rankings. Riders from both the WorldTeams and Professional Continental teams also competed individually and for their nations for points that contributed towards the UCI World Ranking, which included all UCI races. Both rankings used the same points scale, awarding points to the top sixty in the general classification, each yellow jersey given at the end of a stage, the top five finishers in each stage and for the top three in the final points and mountains classifications.[89] The points accrued by Thomas moved him from 20th to 2nd in the World Tour individual ranking and from 41st to 4th in the World Ranking individual ranking. Sagan kept his position at the top of both rankings, with Quick-Step Floors and Belgium also holding the lead of the World Tour team ranking and World Ranking nation ranking respectively.[90][91][92][93]

UCI World Tour individual ranking on 29 July 2018 (1–10)[92]
Rank Prev. Name Team Points
1 1   Peter Sagan (SVK) Bora–Hansgrohe 2684
2 20   Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky 2534.25
3 10   Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky 1976.68
4 18   Tom Dumoulin (NED) Team Sunweb 1975.62
5 9   Primož Roglič (SVN) LottoNL–Jumbo 1921
6 2   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team 1807
7 6   Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) Quick-Step Floors 1761.12
8 4   Elia Viviani (ITA) Quick-Step Floors 1647
9 11   Romain Bardet (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale 1530
10 3   Simon Yates (GBR) Mitchelton–Scott 1472
UCI World Ranking individual ranking on 29 July 2018 (1–10)[93]
Rank Prev. Name Team Points
1 1   Peter Sagan (SVK) Bora–Hansgrohe 4358
2 3   Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky 3939.68
3 2   Elia Viviani (ITA) Quick-Step Floors 3746
4 41   Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky 2834.25
5 11   Tom Dumoulin (NED) Team Sunweb 2828.19
6 4   Alexander Kristoff (NOR) UAE Team Emirates 2706
7 9   Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) Quick-Step Floors 2668.12
8 5   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team 2631
9 8   Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) BMC Racing Team 2623.47
10 6   Tim Wellens (BEL) Lotto–Soudal 2458

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ The start of the tour was postponed a week in order to reduce overlap with the 2018 FIFA World Cup[1]

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