Tour de France – Stage 18 – Manx… Missile, Seriously.

Mark Cavendish (SKY) has come out like a bullet, err a missile, or anything that appears twice as fast as everyone else on the road to win the 18th stage of the Tour. Cav had said before the race that although he’s enjoyed every minute of the time there, it has been like “putting Wayne Rooney on defence”. I don’t really agree as the sprinters have had their time and Cav could have been there with other sprinters without being carried to the line, like his previous time, but that recipe has worked and Cavendish has the wins to show it with this being his 22nd after winning his first just 5 years ago in the 2008 Tour.

The race for the line looked as if it was going to be desperately close as Nicolas Roche and Luis Leon Sanchez were sprinting from the break with just 200m to go. The peloton was coming crashing down on them and Bradley Wiggins did an absolutely scorching leadout for his sprinter who came out of the group faster than maybe I’ve ever seen him finish.

Tomorrow, the penultimate stage 19 53.5km killer time trial.

Stage 18 Top Five
1. Mark Cavendish (SKY)_____4h54’12”
2. Matt Goss (OGN)
3. Peter Sagan (LIQ)
4. Luis Leon Sanchez (RAB)
5. Nicolas Roche (ALM)

Full Overall Classification: LeTour.fr

Overall Classification after Stage 17
1. Bradley Wiggins (SKY)_____83h22’18”
2. Chris Froome (SKY)________+2’05”
3. Vincenzo Nibali (LIQ)_______+2’41”
4. Jurgen VanDenBroeck (LTB)_+5’53”
5. Teejay Vangarderen (BMC)__+8’30”
6. Cadel Evans (BMC)________+9’57”
7. Haimar Zubeldia (RNT)_____+10’11”
8. Pierre Rolland (EUR)______+10’17”
9. Janez Brajkovic (AST)_____+11’00”
10. Thibault Pinot (FDJ)_______+11’46”
11. Nicolas Roche (ALM)_______+12’54”
12. Andreas Kloden (RNT)_____+14’05”
13. Chris Horner (RNT)_______+14’22”
14. Chris Sorenesen (SAX)____+18’46”
15. Denis Menchov (KAT)______+22’54”
16. Maxime Monfort (RNT)_____+24’24”
17. Egoi Martinez (EUS)______+25’32”
18. Rui Costa (MOV)__________+29’51”
19. Eduard Vorganov (KAT)____+33’07”
20. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)_+33’50”

Full Overall Classification: LeTour.fr

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One thought on “Tour de France – Stage 18 – Manx… Missile, Seriously.

  1. In my opinion (and it’s only mine), 2012 was definitely not a great year for Tour de France with way to much stages for massive arrivals and too much distance between big passes and stage arrivals.

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