My photos from the 105th Tour de France, Week 3, from Carcassonne to Paris, during the final decisive week across the Pyrenees
Photos by Me – Graphics from letour.com
Millau to Carcassonne
22/07/2018 – Stage 15 – 181 km
Carcassonne Castle suitably decked out for the arrival of Le Tour
Stage 15 on the Pic de Nore
The Pic de Nore is a new climb, never used before in the the great race. 12.5km long at 1205m elevation
Magnus Cort Nielsen (above) of team Astana, winner of the stage
The Black Mountains
Massive crowd on the Pic de More climb
Above: Greg Van Avermaet of BMC
Geraint Thomas in the Yellow Jersey,
Stage 15 of the 2018 Tour left Millau and traveled down to the Pic which they climbed from the Mazamet side and they reached the summit at 140km in before descending and finishing in the medieval city of Carcassonne 41km later
Dan Martin (above)
The peloton crossed the line with a deficit of 13 minutes over the breakaway. Geraint Thomas remained in the lead of the overall ranking ahead of the second rest day.
Results 15th stage 2018 Tour de France
1. Magnus Cort Nielsen (den)
2. Ion Izagirre (spa) s.t.
3. Bauke Mollema (nld) + 0.02
4. Michael Valgren Andersen (den) + 0.29
5. Toms Skujiņš (Let) + 0.34
6. Domenico Pozzovivo (ita) s.t.
7. Lilian Calmejane (fra) s.t.
8. Rafal Majka (pol) + 0.37
9. Nikias Arndt (ger) + 2.31
10. Julien Bernard (fra) + 2.38
Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon
24/07/2018 – Stage 16 – 218 km – Mountain
Le Tour pops into Spain on the Col du Portillion during Stage 16
Philippe Gilbert of Quick Step (below)
The yellow jersey group with all the favourites crossed the line with a deficit of 8’52’’. Julian Alaphilippe of Quick Step took the first Pyrenean stage one week after he claimed his maiden Tour de France victory on the first day in the Alps. He extended his lead in the King of the Mountain classification while Geraint Thomas retained the yellow jersey.
Results 16th stage 2018 Tour de France
1. Julian Alaphilippe (fra)
2. Gorka Izagirre (spa) + 0.15
3. Adam Yates (gbr) s.t.
4. Bauke Mollema (nld) z.t
5. Domenico Pozzovivo (ita) + 0.18
6. Robert Gesink (nld) + 0.37
7. Michael Valgren Andersen (den) + 0.56
8. Gregor Mühlberger (ger) s.t.
9. Marc Soler (spa) + 1.10
10. Pierre Latour (fra) + 1.18
Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan
25/07/2018 – Stage 17 – 65 km – Mountain
Stage 17 on the Col du Portet
Julian Alaphilippe – King of The Mountains
Stage 17 winner – Niro Quintarna on the Col de Portet
Sky getting a warm welcome on the Portet
Peter Sagan The holder of the Tour’s green jersey crashed on a corner on the second of two descents of the day.
“With 10km to go, Kangert had 50’’ lead over Alejandro Valverde, Quintana (Movistar) and Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) and 1’30’’ over the yellow jersey group. Quintana and Majka seized the command of the race with 8.5km to go. 6.5km before the finish, Quintana rode away solo. Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) didn’t manage to bridge the gap to the Colombian. Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) lost contact with the yellow jersey group. Froome also couldn’t hold the pace when Roglic sped up again with 1.5km to go but Thomas kept the situation under control and put up the fastest ride of the favourites in the last 300 metres. Tom Dumoulin moved into second place in the overall ranking behind the Welshman from Team Sky”
Trie-sur-Baïse to Pau
26/07/2018 – Stage 18 – 172 km – Flat
Last chance for the Sprinters before Paris. On the finish line in Pau
Two legends present at the finish in Pau; Raymond Poulidor and Alberto Contrador
Arnaud Démare wins the Stage for FDJ
Arnaud Démare and Julian Alaphilippe
Lourdes to Laruns
27/07/2018 – Stage 19 – 200 km – Mountain
Stage 19 on the mighty Tourmalet
A view of the decent from the summit
‘Vous êtes des assassins! Oui, des assassins!’
‘The man looked at me with wild eyes,’ the journalist wrote. “What’s going on is this’, Lapize replied. ‘What’s going on is that you are criminals! Do you hear? Tell Desgrange from me: you cannot ask human beings to do a thing like this’!’
[Above extract is from Summit or Nothing in The Guardian newspaper]
29/07/2018 – Stage 21 – 115 km – Flat
The final run in to Paris