TOUR DE FRANCE - STAGE 18 THE BREAKAWAY AND A CONFIRMATION
They had warned that they were going to attack. This morning, at the start in Méribel, Nicolas Edet declared: "This is one of the last opportunities for the climbers to try their luck. We're going to take it too! "After words and deeds, Nicolas Edet is one of the first to attack, shortly Jesus Herrada joins him and the rest of the group.
Guillaume Martin still 1srt Frenchman in overall classification
On the climb of the Cormet de Roselend, Guilaume Martin also tried to enter the yellow jersey group. After this, four men took the lead of the race with Nicolas Edet among them. On the climb of the plateau des Glières, Edet and Herrada came to help Guillaume Martin.
On the climb of the Cormet de Roselend, Guilaume Martin also tried to enter the yellow jersey group. After this, four men took the lead of the race with Nicolas Edet among them. On the climb of the plateau des Glières, Nicolas Edet and Jesus Herrada came to help Guillaume Martin. At the finish, the leader of the Cofidis team crossed the line in the 18th place. Guillaume Martin drops to 12th place, but remains 1st Frenchman in the general classification.
For the Cofidis team, the Tour de France is far from being over. Indeed, the sprinters Elia Viviani, Simone Consonni and Christophe Laporte have managed to be on time despite the difficulty of the alpine stages. From now on, they all dream about making a spectacular finish on the Champs-Élysées in three days.
Guillaume MARTIN: "The objective was to be in the breakaway. I tried during the first climb but the Jumbo-Visma riders fought back. Jesus (Herrada) and Nicolas (Edet) were already in the breakaway and I didn't want to take the risk to bring the peloton back to the breakaway. In the final, I made a decent climb. I hoped to come back to the yellow jersey group but I didn't manage to get back to the front. It was a day where I tried very hard, so I don't have any regrets."
Nicolas EDET: "We wanted to integrate the breakaway in order to be able to fight for the stage victory. There were only five of us left in the breakaway and there were four riders stronger than me. We have nothing to regret, especially since we were two at the front with Jesus (Herrada). We know that in the third week of the Tour, there are a lot of leaders who have lost their places in the general classification and who are now in the breakaway. In front of riders like Kwiatkowski and Carapaz, there is nothing to be ashamed of. Now, there is still the stage of tomorrow and the stage of the Champs-Elysées. We still have some hope!"