Tour de France

Stage 18) Méribel - La Roche-sur-Foron

FR France, Thursday 17 September 2020
167.5 km

Bennett continues to lead Tour de France points classification

Bennett continues to lead Tour de France points classification

Sam Bennett had a plan at the start of the day, and that was to score as many points as possible at the intermediate sprint in Aime, which came just 14 kilometers, and keep alive his dream of conquering the green jersey. The sprint was preceded by a short hill, where several teams were expected to put the hammer down, and the race stuck to the script, dozens of men riding clear of the peloton and booking a place in the breakaway.

With both riders that still pose a threat to him in the points classification being there, Bennett knew he wasn’t allowed to miss that move and immediately shadowed his opponents, helped also by a strong Bob Jungels. As a matter of fact, it was the Luxembourger who set a steady tempo on the short climb and then provided a top lead-out that helped Sam win the stage 18 intermediate sprint and widen his gap to 52 points.

While Bob continued in the front, showing a lot of determination and mental resilience on the tough terrain of this last Alpine stage, Sam was distanced on the day’s first climb, the Cormet de Roselend, but had no reason to worry, as all his remaining Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammates were there and helped him make it over the five classified climbs and then to the finish in La-Roche-sur-Foron, where Michal Kwiatkowski (Ineos) took the win from the break.

“I am a bit tired, but happy with how the day went. I knew the start of the stage was going to be very important and my focus was on that intermediate sprint, where Bob did a great job and helped me bag in maximum points. Then I set my own tempo on the first climb, before dropping to the gruppetto, where the guys were once again fantastic and helped me make it to the end. It’s a nice buffer that I have in the standings with three days to go and it makes me a bit more optimistic, but it’s not over yet and I want to keep the focus and give my absolute best until the last stage”, Sam said after his tenth day in the fabled green jersey.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Michał Kwiatkowski
INEOS Grenadiers
4:47:33
2 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
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3 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:51
4 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:53
5 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
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6 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
1:54
7 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
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8 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
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9 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain - McLaren
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10 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
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34 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:19
102 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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114 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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128 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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129 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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131 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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136 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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137 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
79:45:30
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:57
3 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
1:27
4 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
3:06
5 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
3:28
6 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
4:19
7 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
5:55
8 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Pro Cycling
6:05
9 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
7:24
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
12:12
36 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:11:36
44 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:27:50
98 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:19:12
118 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:56:13
119 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:56:14
127 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:05:17
134 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:17:16
143 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:30:16
1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
298 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
246 pt
3 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
235 pt
4 Bryan Coquard
171 pt
5 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
158 pt
6 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
150 pt
7 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
142 pt
8 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
123 pt
9 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
120 pt
10 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
101 pt
62 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26 pt
85 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
102 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
111 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
126 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
79:46:27
2 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
3:22
3 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
1:35:35
4 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Pro Cycling
1:51:32
5 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
2:10:21
6 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Pro Team
2:29:13
7 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
2:42:01
8 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
2:43:00
9 Neilson Powless
EF Pro Cycling
2:56:52
10 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
4:06:17
16 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:55:16
17 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:55:17
1 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
74 pt
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
72 pt
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
67 pt
4 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
62 pt
5 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
51 pt
6 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R La Mondiale
36 pt
7 Pierre Rolland
36 pt
8 Nans Peters
AG2R La Mondiale
32 pt
9 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
28 pt
10 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
27 pt
14 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
40 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
56 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Movistar Team 39:23:11
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 24:36
3 Bahrain - McLaren 58:47
4 EF Pro Cycling 1:15:27
5 INEOS Grenadiers 1:26:17
6 Trek - Segafredo 1:39:28
7 Astana Pro Team 1:39:58
8 AG2R La Mondiale 2:53:41
9 UAE-Team Emirates 3:10:46
10 Groupama - FDJ 3:19:59

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