Julian Alaphilippe valiantly held on to the overall lead as Nairo Quintana held off the breakaway and the GC contenders during Thursday’s stage 18 as he crossed the line in 5:34:15. Egan Bernal moved up 3 spots into second overall 1:30 behind Alaphilippe and 5 seconds ahead of his Ineos teammate Geraint Thomas. Romain Bardet who’s had a disapointing Tour thus far fought for second place on the stage 1:35 behind Quintana.
|1||QUINTANA Nairo||Movistar Team||5:34:15|
|2||BARDET Romain||AG2R La Mondiale||1:35|
|3||LUTSENKO Alexey||Astana Pro Team||2:28|
|4||KÄMNA Lennard||Team Sunweb||2:58|
|5||CARUSO Damiano||Bahrain Merida||3:00|
|6||BENOOT Tiesj||Lotto Soudal||4:46|
|7||WOODS Michael||EF Education First||,,|
|8||BERNAL Egan||Team INEOS||,,|
|9||PAUWELS Serge||CCC Team||,,|
|10||KRUIJSWIJK Steven||Team Jumbo-Visma||5:18|
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