Tour de France 2018 Recap and Results: Stage 21

Kristoff earns the glory on the Champs, Thomas celebrates the yellow

RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini

Britain’s Geraint Thomas fulfilled his childhood dream by winning the Tour de France Sunday after the 21st and final stage won by Norway’s Alexander Kristoff.Thomas, of Team Sky, finished the race in Paris with a near two-minute lead on Dutch rival Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) to secure his first yellow jersey, with teammate and four-time and defending champion Chris Froome finishing third at 2:24.”It’s still not sinking in, it’s incredible,” said Thomas, looking gaunt and tired after three weeks of “suffering day-to-day” on the 105th edition.The 32-year-old Welshman, the third Briton to win the race after Froome and Bradley Wiggins, secured Team Sky’s sixth victory in the race from the past seven editions. “Big respect to Froomey,” he said. “It could have been awkward, there could have been tension… he’s a great champion and I’ve always had respect for you. “The dream was always to participate, and that dream came true 11 years ago. Now, up here, being in the yellow jersey in front of all of you (the crowd) is just… wow.”

Thomas, known for having a beer while watching his favorite sport of rugby, was quick to grab a Welsh flag before he jumped on to the top step of the podium before listening to a rendition of God Save the Queen — the British national anthem. “I started cycling because of this race. I remember running home from school to watch it,” said Thomas, who paid a heartfelt tribute to his wife Sara, who was emotional as she stood on the sidelines.
“The amount of support I’ve got… ah, my wife. Big thanks to Sara. She’s been with me through thick and thin.” Thomas, who won back-to-back stages in the Alps before sealing victory with a third-place finish in the penultimate stage time trial on Saturday, took a 1:51 lead over Dumoulin into the 21st stage from Houilles to the French capital. The final stage is usually a festive affair, and Thomas was seen celebrating with fellow Sky teammates early in the stage as he soaked up becoming the first Welsh yellow jersey winner.

Geraint Thomas (GBR – Team Sky)

 

– Sprint finale –

 

It took several laps of the inner-city circuit around the Champs Elysees for the race to kick into action. And after a six-man breakaway was reeled in late on, the sprinters’ teams upped the pace to chase down a last-ditch attempt by Belgian champion Yves Lampaert, of Quick Step.Lampaert was caught with only 220 metres remaining, and from there UAE team sprinter Kristoff came off the wheel in front of him to surge to the line and hold off Germany’s John Degenkolb and Frenchman Arnaud Demare. Thomas rolled over the line seconds later, smiling and joking with teammate, training partner and close friend Froome. Slovakian sprint king Peter Sagan failed to get in contention for the final sprint days after suffering injuries in a spectacular crash in the Pyrenees. But the Bora rider consoled himself with three stage wins as well as winning his sixth green jersey for the points competition, equaling the record of Germany’s Erik Zabel. “I’m very happy, I suffered a lot in the last three days, but I’m very proud to take my sixth green jersey,” said Sagan.

Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe had already secured the polka dot jersey for the King of the Mountains competition, a prize which came with two impressive stage wins, in the Alps then the Pyrenees. “We’re on the most beautiful avenue in the world, I’ve got this jersey and two stage wins,” said Alaphilippe. “The race is over, but it’s not sinking in.”

France saw yellow jersey hope and former two-time podium finisher Romain Bardet, of AG2R, disappointed with a sixth place finish at nearly seven minutes behind. But his teammate Pierre Latour boosted their campaign by winning the white jersey for the best-placed rider aged under 25.

 

Final Stage Results

1. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/EAU)  2hr 46min 36sec
2. John Degenkolb (GER/TRE) at 0.
3. Arnaud Démare (FRA/FDJ) 0.
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/DDT) 0.
5. Christophe Laporte (FRA/COF) 0.
6. Maximiliano Richeze (ARG/QST) 0.
7. Sonny Colbrelli (ITA/BAH) 0.
8. Peter Sagan (SVK/BOR) 0.
9. Andrea Pasqualon (ITA/WGG) 0.
10. Jasper De Buyst (BEL/LOT) 0.
11. Timothy Dupont (BEL/WGG) 0.
12. Thomas Boudat (FRA/DEN) 0.
13. Sep Vanmarcke (BEL/EFD) 0.
14. Magnus Nielsen (DEN/AST) 0.
15. Oliver Naesen (BEL/ALM) 0.
16. Daniele Bennati (ITA/MOV) 0.
17. Nikias Arndt (GER/SUN) 0.
18. Edward Theuns (BEL/SUN) 0.
19. Matthew Hayman (AUS/MIT) 0.
20. Timo Roosen (NED/LNL) 0.
21. Daryl Impey (RSA/MIT) 0.
22. Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC) 0.
23. Jasper Stuyven (BEL/TRE) 0.
24. Dion Smith (NZL/WGG) 0.
25. Jérôme Cousin (FRA/DEN) 0.
26. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 0.
27. Laurent Pichon (FRA/FST) 0.
28. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/BAH) 0.
29. Primoz Roglic (SLO/LNL) 0.
30. Yves Lampaert (BEL/QST) 0.
31. Pierre-Roger Latour (FRA/ALM) 0.
32. Marco Minnaard (NED/WGG) 0.
33. Guillaume Martin (FRA/WGG) 0.
34. Soren Kragh Andersen (DEN/SUN) 0.
35. Yoann Offredo (FRA/WGG) 0.
36. Tom Dumoulin (NED/SUN) 0.

Final Overall Results

1. Geraint Thomas (GBR/Sky) 83 h 17:13.
2. Tom Dumoulin (NED/SUN) at 1:51.
3. Christopher Froome (GBR/SKY) 2:24.
4. Primoz Roglic (SLO/LNL) 3:22.
5. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/LNL) 6:08.
6. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 6:57.
7. Mikel Landa (ESP/MOV) 7:37.
8. Daniel Martin (IRL/EAU) 9:05.
9. Ilnur Zakarin (RUS/KAT) 12:37.
10. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 14:18.
11. Bob Jungels (LUX/QST) 16:32.
12. Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 19:46.
13. Pierre-Roger Latour (FRA/ALM) 22:13.
14. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 27:26.
15. Egan Bernal (COL/SKY) 27:52.
16. Tanel Kangert (EST/AST) 34:52.
17. Warren Barguil (FRA/FST) 37:06.
18. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/BAH) 39:08.
19. Rafal Majka (POL/BOR) 39:57.
20. Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC) 42:31.
21. Guillaume Martin (FRA/WGG) 44:18.
22. Jon Izagirre (ESP/BAH) 46:36.
23. Mikel Nieve (ESP/MIT) 49:19.
24. Gorka Izagirre (ESP/BAH) 50:02.
25. Simon Geschke (GER/SUN) 50:15.
26. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE) 1 h 06:33.
27. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EFD) 1 h 09:09.
28. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) 1 h 10:14.
29. Adam Yates (GBR/MIT) 1 h 17:35.
30. Lilian Calmejane (FRA/DEN) 1 h 18:09.
31. Robert Gesink (NED/LNL) 1 h 21:13.
32. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 1 h 23:05.
33. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/QST) 1 h 28:08.
34. David Gaudu (FRA/FDJ) 1 h 30:01.
35. Julien Bernard (FRA/TRE) 1 h 34:12.
36. Daniel Martínez (COL/EFD) 1 h 38:38.
37. Antwan Tolhoek (NED/LNL) 1 h 39:01.
38. Rudy Molard (FRA/FDJ) 1 h 47:36.
39. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/DEN) 1 h 47:47.
40. Kristijan Durasek (CRO/EAU) 1 h 48:06.
41. Arthur Vichot (FRA/FDJ) 1 h 51:19.
42. Maxime Bouet (FRA/FST) 1 h 58:08.
43. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF) 1 h 58:54.
44. Michael Andersen (DEN/AST) 1 h 59:20.
45. Daniel Navarro (ESP/COF) 2 h 00:32.
46. Daryl Impey (RSA/MIT) 2 h 00:53.
47. José Herrada Lopez (ESP/COF) 2 h 01:52.
48. Amaël Moinard (FRA/FST) 2 h 03:20.
49. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) 2 h 05:29.
50. Audrey Amador (CRC/MOV) 2 h 05:38.
51. Laurens ten Dam (NED/SUN) 2 h 06:22.
52. Soren Kragh Andersen (DEN/SUN) 2 h 06:23.
53. Stefan Kung (SUI/BMC) 2 h 07:14.
54. Thomas Degand (BEL/WGG) 2 h 09:54.
55. Mathias Frank (SUI/ALM) 2 h 10:29.
56. Jesper Hansen (DEN/AST) 2 h 10:33.
57. Omar Fraile (ESP/AST) 2 h 10:59.
58. Wout Poels (NED/SKY) 2 h 13:23.
59. Tom Slagter (NED/DDT) 2 h 13:58.
60. Franco Pellizotti (ITA/BAH) 2 h 17:32.
61. Pavel Kochetkov (RUS/KAT) 2 h 17:52.
62. Marc Soler (ESP/MOV) 2 h 18:51.
63. Jasper Stuyven (BEL/TRE) 2 h 20:24.
64. Marco Minnaard (NED/WGG) 2 h 20:31.
65. Thomas De Gendt (BEL/LOT) 2 h 24:41.
66. Oliver Naesen (BEL/ALM) 2 h 29:36.
67. Nikias Arndt (GER/SUN) 2 h 32:02.
68. Magnus Nielsen (DEN/AST) 2 h 32:26.
69. Darwin Atapuma (COL/EAU) 2 h 35:47.
70. Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP/SKY) 2 h 36:06.
71. Peter Sagan (SVK/BOR) 2 h 38:08.
72. Chad Haga (USA/SUN) 2 h 39:40.
73. Romain Sicard (FRA/DEN) 2 h 42:53.
74. Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE/FDJ) 2 h 45:40.
75. Julien Vermote (BEL/DDT) 2 h 45:57.
76. Gregor Mühlberger (AUT/BOR) 2 h 46:13.
77. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV) 2 h 47:46.
78. Koen de Kort (NED/TRE) 2 h 48:29.
79. Ian Boswell (USA/KAT) 2 h 51:47.
80. Yves Lampaert (BEL/QST) 2 h 52:37.
81. Paul Martens (GER/LNL) 2 h 52:46.
82. Toms Skujins (LAT/TRE) 2 h 53:41.
83. Silvan Dillier (SUI/ALM) 2 h 55:15.
84. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/DDT) 2 h 57:00.
85. Anthony Perez (FRA/COF) 2 h 58:56.
86. Elie Gesbert (FRA/FST) 3 h 00:48.
87. Nils Politt (GER/KAT) 3 h 00:54.
88. Edward Theuns (BEL/SUN) 3 h 02:15.
89. Thomas Boudat (FRA/DEN) 3 h 04:07.
90. Michael Schär (SUI/BMC) 3 h 04:14.
91. Yoann Offredo (FRA/WGG) 3 h 04:27.
92. Marcus Burghardt (GER/BOR) 3 h 04:48.
93. Jérôme Cousin (FRA/DEN) 3 h 05:34.
94. Pawel Poljanski (POL/BOR) 3 h 07:14.
95. Andrea Pasqualon (ITA/WGG) 3 h 09:34.
96. Kévin Ledanois (FRA/FST) 3 h 11:55.
97. Dion Smith (NZL/WGG) 3 h 12:24.
98. Laurent Pichon (FRA/FST) 3 h 12:46.
99. Florian Vachon (FRA/FST) 3 h 13:47.
100. Simon Clarke (AUS/EFD) 3 h 15:40.
101. Julien Simon (FRA/COF) 3 h 15:55.
102. Kristjan Koren (SLO/BAH) 3 h 16:54.
103. Tomasz Marczynski (POL/LOT) 3 h 19:10.
104. Daniele Bennati (ITA/MOV) 3 h 19:22.
105. Romain Hardy (FRA/FST) 3 h 19:49.
106. Rory Sutherland (AUS/EAU) 3 h 21:22.
107. Simon Gerrans (AUS/BMC) 3 h 21:37.
108. Matthew Hayman (AUS/MIT) 3 h 21:55.
109. Sonny Colbrelli (ITA/BAH) 3 h 21:55.
110. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA/DDT) 3 h 24:25.
111. John Degenkolb (GER/TRE) 3 h 26:35.
112. Daniel Oss (ITA/BOR) 3 h 32:29.
113. Michael Gogl (AUT/TRE) 3 h 32:54.
114. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/EAU) 3 h 33:33.
115. Sep Vanmarcke (BEL/EFD) 3 h 34:17.
116. Anthony Turgis (FRA/COF) 3 h 36:11.
117. Michael Hepburn (AUS/MIT) 3 h 36:30.
118. Luke Durbridge (AUS/MIT) 3 h 37:21.
119. Niki Terpstra (NED/QST) 3 h 37:31.
120. Fabien Grellier (FRA/DEN) 3 h 37:56.
121. Jack Bauer (NZL/MIT) 3 h 39:02.
122. Maciej Bodnar (POL/BOR) 3 h 39:20.
123. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL/WGG) 3 h 40:30.
124. Christophe Laporte (FRA/COF) 3 h 41:55.
125. Heinrich Haussler (AUS/BAH) 3 h 42:24.
126. Marco Marcato (ITA/EAU) 3 h 42:54.
127. Olivier Le Gac (FRA/FDJ) 3 h 49:03.
128..
Luke Rowe (GBR/SKY) 3 h 50:55.
129. Tom Scully (NZL/EFD) 3 h 50:59.
130. Dimitri Claeys (BEL/COF) 3 h 51:15.
131. Timothy Dupont (BEL/WGG) 3 h 51:16.
132. Lukas Pöstlberger (AUT/BOR) 3 h 56:53.
133. Oliviero Troia (ITA/EAU) 3 h 57:02.
134. Ramon Sinkeldam (NED/FDJ) 3 h 58:01.
135. Maximiliano Richeze (ARG/QST) 3 h 58:58.
136. Taylor Phinney (USA/EFD) 3 h 59:07.
137. Timo Roosen (NED/LNL) 4 h 01:05.
138. Roberto Ferrari (ITA/EAU) 4 h 01:34.
139. Amund Grondahl Jansen (NOR/LNL) 4 h 02:04.
140. Damien Gaudin (FRA/DEN) 4 h 02:07.
141. Arnaud Démare (FRA/FDJ) 4 h 08:18.
142. Jasper De Buyst (BEL/LOT) 4 h 08:54.
143. Jay Thomson (RSA/DDT) 4 h 09:49.
144. Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA/FDJ) 4 h 12:29.
145. Lawson Craddock (USA/EFD) 4 h 34:19.

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