July 27, 2018
Tour de France 2018: Stage 17
Quintana takes first stage win while Thomas gains time over rivals on stage short on distance and long on pain. Phillipe Gilbert withdraws after breaking patella on Stage 16.
Stage 17: Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan, 65km
Movistar's Nairo Quintana claimed the 19th Colombian stage victory at the Tour de France and the third this year after two bunch sprints by Fernando Gaviria, making the South American nation the most successful so far. The Movistar climber took the highest summit of the 105th edition in a solo move in the last climb to col du Portet.
Sky's Geraint Thomas meanwhile took third place to claim time and extend his lead in the overall ranking. Teammate Chris Froome faltered in the final kilometres and dropped to third spot behind Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin.
Quintana's win, a solo effort 28 seconds in front of UAE-Emirates' Dan Martin, is his first at le Tour since Stage 20 of the 2013 edition.
Gilbert withdraws following Stage 16 crash, Sagan crashes but avoids major injury.
The number of riders capable of a sprint has been steadily culled by time limits and crashes. The latest victim of the cull was Quickstep's Phillipe Gilbert who with drew after a particularly spectacular and nasty crash on Stage 16 left him with a broken left patella.
The Belgian, in the lead in a solo breakaway, lost control on a descending left hander coming off the Col de Portet d'Aspet, hit a stone parapet and plummeted into a ravine.
Gilbert was extracted with the helpof a fan and medics and looked to have suffered no more than scrapes and bruises to elbow and knee and rode the final 60 kilometres to complete the stage 30 minutes behind the eventual winner, teammate Julian Alaphilippe . X-rays though showed that Gilbert had in fact fractured his left patella, bringing his race and possibly his season to an abrupt end.
The crash had people remembering the fate of Fabio Casartelli, who died after crashing urther along the same descent during stage 15 of the 1993 Tour.
When you have a broken knee cap and decide to keep going for another 60km 🤕 pic.twitter.com/cGoidtQH3w— PHILIPPE GILBERT (@PhilippeGilbert) July 25, 2018
Video of Gilbert's crash (copyright ASO)
Peter Sagan had his own scare when he crashed heavily during today's stage. The Slovakian's injuries were defintely limited to road rash and bruises and after a visit to the mdeic's truck at the finish emerged vowing to keep riding to Paris.
Stage 17 Video Highlights (courtesy of ASO) French
Stage 17 Results
July 7, stage one: Noirmoutier-en-l'Île to Fontenay-le-Comte, 201km
July 8, stage two: Mouilleron-St-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon, 182.5km
July 9, stage three: Cholet, team time trial, 35.5km
July 10, stage four: La Baule to Sarzeau, 195km
July 11, stage five: Lorient to Quimper, 204.5km
July 12, stage six: Brest to Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan, 181km
July 13, stage seven: Fougères to Chartres, 231km
July 14, stage eight: Dreux to Amiens Métropole, 181km
July 15, stage nine: Arras to Roubaix, 156.5km
July 16: Rest day (Annecy).
July 17, stage 10: Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand, 158.5km
July 18, stage 11: Albertville to La Rosière Espace San Bernardo, 108.5km
July 19, stage 12: Bourg-St-Maurice Les Arcs to Alpe d’Huez, 175.5km
July 20, stage 13: Bourg d’Oisans to Valence, 169.5km
July 21, stage 14: St-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Mende, 188km
July 22, stage 15: Millau to Carcassonne, 181.5km
July 23: Rest day (Carcassonne/Bagnères-de-Luchon)
July 24, stage 16: Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon, 218km
July 25, stage 17: Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan, 65km
July 26, stage 18: Trie-sur-Baïse to Pau, 171km
July 27, stage 19: Lourdes to Laruns, 200.5km
July 28, stage 20: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle to Espelette; individual time trial, 31km
July 29, stage 21: Houilles to Paris Champs-Élysées, 116km