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2013 Tour de France
100th edition: June 29 - July 21, 2013

Stage 18 results and photos

Back to 2013 Tour de France | Photos from stage 18 (posted below results and maps) |

Thursday, July 18:  Stage 18, Gap - L'Alpe d'Huez, 172.5 km

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Stage 18 finish

Weather: At L'Alpe d'Huez at 12:45 PM local time it is 11C (51F) with the wind from the north at just 3 km/hr (2mph). Humidity is 81%. Thunderstorms are likely with a 90% chance of rain. The temperature is forecast to rise to 16C (61F) and the wind to come from the east-southeast at 11 km/hr (7 mph).

End of race weather update: except for a few drops, there was no rain to spoil the day.

The Race: After the day's first rated ascent, the Col de Manse, nine riders coalesced, including Jens Voigt, Tom Danielson, Sylvain Chavanel and Lars Boom. With 107 kilometers to go they were 6min 24sec ahead of the Yellow Jersey group, led by Sky riders.

Saxo-Tinkoff riders Sergio Paulinho and Nicolas Roche scooted away from the pack on the Rampe du Motty, obviously part of a set-piece to help Contador later in the race. Over the top of the Col d'Ornon the nine-man break was 8min 20sec ahead of the Froome Group with Paulinho and Roche 2min 30sec in front of the Yellow Jersey. The race was on dry streets.

Approaching the first ascent of L'Alpe d'Huez the pack got edgy as the speed increased while various contenders tried to improve their position within the peloton.

Sky tapped out a modest tempo up the Alpe with the rest of the contenders content with the pace. Off the front of the break, Tejay Van Garderen had an 8min 20sec lead on the Froome group with half the ascent of L'Alpe d'Huez remaining.

Over the top, Van Garderen with Moreno Moser and Christophe Riblon went first with various riders (including Voigt, Pierre Rolland and Andy Schleck) scattered between the trio and the Froome group, 8min 15sec back. Froome still had three teammates left and Roche and Paulinho had been absorbed.

The descent of the Col de Sarenne was hair-raisingly scary. Contador, a superb descender, attacked with teammate Roman Kreuziger while drops of rain started to fall. Sky let them go. Up front Van Garderen's chain jammed and Riblon went off the road, leaving Moser alone in the lead. Contador and Kreuziger were caught. Movistar went to the front and dropped the hammer hard.

At the start of the second climb up L'Alpe d'Huez, Riblon, Moser and Van Garderen were together, the Schleck group had been absorbed by the Yellow Jersey group which was lined out, at 6min 30sec. Moreno was popped once the hill started to bite.

Richie Porte took over leading the Froome group. His pace was momentarily too fast for Froome, and Porte slowed. With 11 km to go Van Garderen was alone and 4min 35sec ahead.

Froome closed up to several attacking riders and then his group slowed with Porte again at the front.

Bam! at 9.6 km to go, Froome just rode away from the front. Quintana was napping a little back and struggled to bridge, which he did. Joaquin Rodriguez then made contact with Quintana and Froome. Contador and Valverde had no answer and further back Roman Kreuziger was pedaling squares.

Rodriquez had announced his intention to make the podium and made good his ambition with a vicious attack, dropping Quintana and Froome. After a couple of kilometers Rodriguez was caught and then Porte made it back up to the trio. Porte accelerated and Froome was again distanced, causing Porte to again slow.

4.2 km to go Froome put his hand up to send Porte back to the car for food, quite against the rules. Quintana, sensing Froome's hunger knock, took Rodriguez with him. And then Quitnana went off alone in search of Van Garderen and Riblon.

With 2.3 km to go Riblon, desperate to be the year's first French stage winner, was 15 seconds behind Van Garderen. Riblon looked strong while Van Garderen seemed to have run out of gas. In fact, 500 meters later Riblon went right by Van Garderen. Further back, nursed by Porte, Froome looked dreadful.

Riblon, jaw clenched, continued to drive hard and won alone. What a ride! Despite his troubles in the final kilometers, Froome extended his lead.

Results: 175 classified finishers

  1. Christophe Riblon (Ag2r) 4hr 51min 32sec. 35.5 km/hr
  2. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) @ 59sec
  3. Moreno Moser (Cannondale) @ 1min 27sec
  4. Nairo Alexander Quintana (Movistar) @ 2min 12sec
  5. Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) @ 2min 15sec
  6. Richie Porte (Sky) @ 3min 18sec
  7. Christopher Froome (Sky) s.t.
  8. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) @ 3min 22sec
  9. Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel) @ 4min 15sec
  10. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) s.t.
  11. Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) s.t.
  12. Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 4min 31sec
  13. Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 4min 45sec
  14. Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) @ 4min 49sec
  15. José Serpa (Lampre-Merida) @ 5min 18sec
  16. Romain Bardet (Ag2r) @ 5min 40sec
  17. Igor Anton (Euskaltel) s.t.
  18. John Gadret (Ag2r) @ 5min 42sec
  19. Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale) @ 5min 47sec
  20. Bart De Clercq (Lotto-Belisol) @ 5min 56sec
  21. Daniel Moreno (Katusha) @ 6min 8sec
  22. Wouter Poels (Vacansoleil) @ 6min 10sec
  23. Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) @ 6min 13sec
  24. Alexandre Geniez (FDJ) s.t.
  25. Robert Gesink (Belkin) s.t.
  26. Bauke Mollema (Belkin) s.t.
  27. Pierre Rolland (Europcar) @ 6min 19sec
  28. Maxime Monfort (Radio Shack) @ 6min 30sec
  29. Jan Bakelants (Radio Shack) @ 6min 45sec
  30. Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ) @ 6min 59sec
  31. Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 7min 6sec
  32. Lars-Peter Nordhaug (Belkin) @ 7min 9sec
  33. Guillaume Levarlet (Cofidis) @ 9min 9sec
  34. Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida) @ 9min 17sec
  35. Hubert Dupont (Ag2r) @ 9min 34sec
  36. Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 9min 34sec
  37. Laurens Ten Dam (Belkin) @ 9min 54sec
  38. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) s.t.
  39. Lars Boom (Belkin) @ 10min 59sec
  40. Andy Schleck (Radio Shack) @ 11min 23sec
  41. Alexis Vuillermoz (Sojasun) @ 11min 32sec
  42. Thomas Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) @ 12min 52sec
  43. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) s.t.
  44. Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ) @ 13min 8sec
  45. Cyril Gautier (Eurocpar) s.t.
  46. Haimar Zubeldia (Radio Shack) s.t.
  47. Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  48. Steve Morabito (BMC) @ 13min 35sec
  49. Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida) @ 14min 4sec
  50. Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel) @ 14min 50sec

General Classification: 2,940.5 km raced so far at an average speed of 41.39 km/hr (25.72mph)

  1. Christopher Froome (Sky) 71hr 2min 19sec
  2. Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 5min 11sec
  3. Nairo Alexander Quintana (Movistar) @ 5min 32sec
  4. Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 5min 44sec
  5. Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) @ 5min 58sec
  6. Bauke Mollema (Belkin) @ 8min 58sec
  7. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) @ 9min 33sec
  8. Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 14mn 26sec
  9. Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 14min 38sec
  10. Laurens Ten Dam (Belkin) @ 14min 39sec
  11. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) @ 14min 56sec
  12. Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) @ 16min 24sec
  13. Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) @ 19min 18sec
  14. Maxime Monfort (Radio Shack) @ 19min 56sec
  15. Mikle Nieve (Euskaltel) @ 24min 13sec
  16. Daniel Moreno (Katusha) @ 30min 5sec
  17. Romain Bardet (Ag2r) @ 30min 45sec
  18. Andy Schleck (Radio Shack) @ 31min 19sec
  19. Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) @ 34min 22sec
  20. Richie Porte (Sky) @ 37min 42sec
  21. Jan Bakelants (Radio Shack) @ 40min 18sec
  22. José Serpa (Lampre-Merida) @ 41min 5sec
  23. Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 41min 13sec
  24. Igor Anton (Euskaltel) @ 42min 9sec
  25. Robert Gesink (Belkin) @ 43min 48sec
  26. John Gadret (Ag2r) @ 44min 24sec
  27. Steve Morabito (BMC) @ 44mn 46sec
  28. Pierre Rolland (Europcar) @ 45min 41sec
  29. Cadel Evans (BMC) @ 46min 16sec
  30. Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 46min 39sec
  31. Wouter Poels (Vacansoleil) @ 49min 56sec
  32. Rui Alberto Costa (Movistar) @ 50min 56sec
  33. Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ) @ 51min 59sec
  34. Andreas Klöden (Radio Shack) @ 58min 47sec
  35. Christophe Riblon (Ag2r) @ 59min 9sec
  36. Cyril Gautier (Europcar) @ 59min 55sec
  37. Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel) @ 1hr 2min 14sec
  38. Hubert Dupont (Ag2r) @ 1hr 6min 51sec
  39. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) @ 1hr 7min 22sec
  40. Haimar Zubeldia (Radio Shack) @ 1hr 9min 21sec
  41. Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) @ 1hr 13min 1sec
  42. Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 1hr 13min 50sec
  43. Maxime Mederel (Sojasun) @ 1hr 16min 0sec
  44. Alexis Vuillermoz (Sojasun) @ 1hr 17min 49sec
  45. Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida) @ 1hr 24min 11sec
  46. Bram Tankink (Belkin) @ 1hr 24min 16sec
  47. Bart de Clercq (Lotto-Beliosl) @ 1hr 24min 20sec
  48. Laurent Didier (Radio Shack) @ 1hr 26min 5sec
  49. Arthur Vichot (FDJ) @ 1hr 26min 41sec
  50. Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida) @ 1hr 26min 50sec


  1. Christopher Froome (Sky): 104 points
  2. Nairo Alexander Quintana (Movistar): 97
  3. Christophe Riblon (Ag2r): 77
  4. Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel): 63
  5. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC): 62


  1. Peter Sagan (Cannondale): 380 points
  2. Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step): 278
  3. André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol): 227
  4. Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano): 177
  5. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha): 157

Young Rider:

  1. Nairo Alexander Quintana (Movistar) 71hr 7min 51sec
  2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 9min 6sec
  3. Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) @ 10min 52sec

Team Classification:

  1. Saxo-Tinkoff: 212hr 29min 26sec
  2. Ag2r @ 6min 5sec
  3. Radio Shack @ 12min 29sec
  4. Belkin @ 28min 37sec
  5. Garmin-Sharp) @ 1hr 8min 55sec

Stage 18 map

Stage 18 map

Stage 18 profile

Stage 18 profile

Photos from Stage 18:

Van Garderen break

Moreno Moser leads Tejay Van Garderen and Christophe Riblon.

Richi Porte and Chris Froome

This should be the first time over L'Alpe d'Huez. Richie Porte leads Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana.

Andy Schleck

Andy Schleck leads Mikel Nieve in a failed break attempt.

Tejay Van Garderen

For the longest time it looked like Tejay Van Garderen would win the stage. Christophe Riblon can be seen chasing.

Christophe Riblon

Christophe Riblon chased with maniacal determination.

Moreno Moser

The TV cameras had forgotten about Moreno Moser who finsihed third.

Joaquin Rodriguez and Nairo Quintana

When Froome faltered Joaquin Rodriguez and Nairo Quintana attacked.

Richie Porte and Christopher Froome

Richie Porte had to nurse Chris Froome to the finish during the stage's final kilometers.

Alejandro Valverde

Alejandro Valverde finished just four seconds behind Froome.

Christophe Riblon

Brilliant ride by Christophe Riblon

Tejay Van Garderen

Van Garderen finished 59 seconds later.

Nairo Quintana

Nairo Quintana finished fourth.

Joaquin Rodriguez

Joaquin Rodriguez wants to finish on the podium; that means he has to find at least 26 seconds in three days.

Chris Froome and Richie Porte

Chris Froome and Richie Porte finish.

Jakob Fuglsand an Alberto Contador finish

Jakob Fuglsang, Alberto Contador and Mikel Nieve finish.

Roman Kreuziger

Roman Kreuziger

Christophe Riblon

Riblon celebrates his stage victory.

Chris Froome

Froome tightened his grip on the lead today. Three stages to go.