Tour de France rider reveals brutal injuries from horror crash

Jo Caldwell
July 27, 2018

Thomas managed to snag some bonus seconds at the finish to slightly extend his lead to two minutes and five seconds over Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) with Roglic at two minutes and 24 seconds. There is still one last major stage to race before the Saturday time trial and the ceremonial Sunday ride to the Champs-Élysées.

Demare had time to celebrate as he crossed the line with his arms wide open ahead of fellow Frenchman Christophe Laporte. UAE-Emirates have a stage win but not for Alexander Kristoff so it's probably all in for him unless they put a man in the escape.

Which sprinters are left?

Sprinters Fernando Gaviria and Dylan Groenewegen - who had each won two stages in this Tour - called it quits during Stage 12 to Alpe d'Huez.

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Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert rode 60km with a broken knee cap to finish another gruelling stage of the Tour de France despite his heavy fall down a daring descent.

Stage 18 saw local hope Demare, who had been accused by fellow sprint specialist Andre Greipel of holding on to his team vehicle in Wednesday's mountain stage to avoid missing the time cut, perfectly set up by Italian team mate Jacopo Guarnieri.

Demare was set up in impressive fashion for a sprint finish by his Groupama team, who worked hard in the final kilometres to make sure Slovakian sprint king Peter Sagan's chances were limited.

Greipel, who also quit in Stage 12, later apologized on Twitter, saying he had relied on "incorrect" information.

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"I can't imagine any fair-minded person, regardless of nationality, can watch that and think it has a place in sport". (Cheating) is not my philosophy.

"I think guys will try to take any opportunity they can. I imagine it's all a fight for the podium at this point". It was super important.

"The best answer I could give Andre Greipel was to win today", said Demare.

After winning the 2017 Tour and Vuelta a España as well as the 2018 Giro d'Italia in succession, Froome's bid for a fourth-straight grand tour victory went off the rails on the Tour's first stage when he crashed and lost time.

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'It was a tough day, an intense day, but I've got no regrets, ' he said. The MailOnline on Thursday dubbed the race, Tour de Farce. The Tourmalet holds a special place in Tour history as one of the first climbs ever used - and the one to have featured most often.

Kangert went over the top of the Montee de Peyragudes with the trio of Alaphilippe, Herrada, and Durasek followed by a group that consisted of Alejandro Valverde, Marc Soler (Movistar), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) Dani Navarro, Jesus Herrada (Cofidis), Dani Martinez (EF-Drapac), and Omar Fraile (Astana), with the peloton behind as Nairo Quintana, who suffered two punctures on the first climb but was back on easily. Both riders got back on their bikes and continued without apparent problems.

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