The 2018 Tour de France takes in everything that makes cycling such an exciting sport. Cobbles, explosive arrivals, sprints, dust roads, high mountains, a hilly time trial on the penultimate stage before La Grande Boucle finishes on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
With nine stages completed, the first week of the Tour de France is over after the Tour exploded into life on the roads leading from Arras to Roubaix. The stars fell like ninepins on the cobbles of the Hell of the North. There were mechanicals. There were tears on the road, and tears on the podium. But the thrills and spills that provided a stream of crashes were at significant cost to the peloton.
Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome battled their way to strong finishes, both took a tumble, survived, and finished with the main group – which numbered less than 30 riders – 27 seconds back. Geraint is now at the head of the ‘virtual’ classification, in the light of the forthcoming Alpine stages which will not favor the current race leader, Greg Van Avermaet.
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