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Tour de France 2017 Stage 18

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Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb) continued his winning ways after claiming a solo finish atop the venerable Col d’Izoard, during today’s stage of the Tour de France.

The French rider attacked alongside Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) at the base of the final climb, later dropping his rival and passing what remained of the day’s large breakaway group to claim a solo victory by 20 seconds over his closest challenger, Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates).

Atapuma looked poised to seize his first ever Grand Tour victory, but the Colombian rider was dropped by Barguil during the final kilometer and had to settle for second spot on the podium.

Meanwhile, Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) edged himself closer to the yellow jersey, after taking the bonus seconds for finishing in third place ahead of race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky), who managed to maintain his lead with a 23 second advantage over Bardet.

Things did not go well for Fabio Aru (Astana) again today, as he was dropped with about 6 kilometers to go, which was followed by an attack from Froome 3 kilometers later, that served to distance the Italian rider even more.

Only Uran and Bardet were able to follow Froome’s move, while Mikel Landa (team Sky) crossed the finish in fourth.

As a result, Landa succeeded in moving ahead of Aru in the overall standings – into fourth place.

Stage 18 Results
FRA 1 BARGUIL, Warren (SUNWEB) 4:40:33
COL 2 ATAPUMA HURTADO, Jhon Darwin (UAE Team Emirates) + 20
FRA 3 BARDET, Romain (AG2R LA MONDIALE)
GBR 4 FROOME, Christopher (SKY)
COL 5 URAN URAN, Rigoberto (CANNONDALE DRAPAC) + 22
ESP 6 LANDA MEANA, Mikel (SKY) + 32
RSA 7 MEINTJES, Louis (UAE Team Emirates) + 37
IRL 8 MARTIN, Daniel (QUICK – STEP FLOORS) + 39
GBR 9 YATES, Simon (ORICA – SCOTT) + 59
ESP 10 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TREK – SEGAFREDO) + 1:09
COL 11 QUINTANA, Nairo (MOVISTAR) + 1:18
COL 12 BETANCUR GOMEZ, Carlos Alberto (MOVISTAR) + 1:22
ITA 13 ARU, Fabio (ASTANA)
FRA 14 GALLOPIN, Tony (LOTTO SOUDAL) + 1:37
FRA 15 FEILLU, Brice (FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT) + 1:54
ESP 16 NIEVE ITURRALDE, Mikel (SKY) + 2:15
KAZ 17 LUTSENKO, Alexey (ASTANA) + 2:54
USA 18 TALANSKY, Andrew (CANNONDALE DRAPAC) + 3:01
NED 19 MOLLEMA, Bauke (TREK – SEGAFREDO)
BEL 20 PAUWELS, Serge (DIMENSION DATA) + 3:04
FRA 21 VUILLERMOZ, Alexis (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 3:17
BEL 22 BENOOT, Tiesj (LOTTO SOUDAL) + 3:23
NED 23 MINNAARD, Marco (WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT) + 3:34

General Classification after Stage 18
GBR 1 FROOME, Christopher (SKY) 78:08:19
FRA 2 BARDET, Romain (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 23
COL 3 URAN URAN, Rigoberto (CANNONDALE DRAPAC) + 29
ESP 4 LANDA MEANA, Mikel (SKY) + 1:36
ITA 5 ARU, Fabio (ASTANA) + 1:55
IRL 6 MARTIN, Daniel (QUICK – STEP FLOORS) + 2:56
GBR 7 YATES, Simon (ORICA – SCOTT) + 4:46
RSA 8 MEINTJES, Louis (UAE Team Emirates) + 6:52
FRA 9 BARGUIL, Warren (SUNWEB) + 8:22
ESP 10 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TREK – SEGAFREDO) + 8:34
COL 11 QUINTANA, Nairo (MOVISTAR) + 13:52
ESP 12 NIEVE ITURRALDE, Mikel (SKY) + 23:11
FRA 13 VUILLERMOZ, Alexis (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 23:33
FRA 14 FEILLU, Brice (FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT) + 35:06
COL 15 BETANCUR GOMEZ, Carlos Alberto (MOVISTAR) + 36:25
BEL 16 PAUWELS, Serge (DIMENSION DATA) + 37:31
BEL 17 BENOOT, Tiesj (LOTTO SOUDAL) + 40:49
NED 18 MOLLEMA, Bauke (TREK – SEGAFREDO) + 47:03
FRA 19 GALLOPIN, Tony (LOTTO SOUDAL) + 52:39

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