Photo gallery: 2016 Tour de France, Stage 18

by CyclingTips

Photography by Cor Vos, Jered & Ashley Gruber, Kristof Ramon

Two-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome held off all comers on the stage 18 uphill time trial in Megève Thursday, taking the stage win and extending his lead in the general classification.

Froome (Team Sky) finished the 17km (10.36mi) solo effort with a time of 30:43, 21 seconds ahead of Dutch national time trial champion, Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin). Fabio Aru (Astana) and Richie Porte (BMC Racing) finished with the same time, 31:16, but the Astana rider was awarded third place on the stage by thousandths of a second.

“I really didn’t expect to beat Tom today,” Froome said. “Pacing was key. I really started off quite steady and controlled that first part, and then just gave it everything I had over the top and the last part. I’m really, really happy with that.”

Froome kept his maillot jaune and extended his lead, but behind him the fight for the remaining two podium spots is much tighter. Positions second through sixth began the day separated by exactly two minutes, and though there was no change in the standings, at day’s end they were separated by just 1:08.

Read the full stage 18 race report, highlight video, and results here.

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