For all his success at the Tour de France over the years, Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) has never known an opening week quite like this one. The Manxman claimed his third win in just six days – and the 29th Tour stage victory of his career – when he out-lasted Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) and Dan McLay (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) in the bunch sprint in Montauban. GVA holds yellow.
Chris Froome (Team Sky) stormed to victory at the Tour de France during the 17km mountain time trial from Sallanches to Megève. He finished the course in a blistering 30:43, besting Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) by 21 seconds and Fabio Aru (Astana) by 33 seconds. Froome’s performance pushed him even further into the lead of the overall classification, now positioned 3:52 ahead of Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and 4:17 ahead of Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange).
Brief Result 1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:30:43 2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:21 3 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:33 4 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 5 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:42
General classification after stage 18 1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 77:55:53 2 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:03:52 3 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange 0:04:16 4 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:04:37 5 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:57 6 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:05:00