TOUR’18: The Final Week Photo Gallery!
PeloPics: The third week of any Grand Tour can be the toughest and also where the race is won or lost, but this year’s final week of Tour de France confirmed Geraint Thomas as the main man. It wasn’t so simple, there were farmer protests, more crashes and the crucial stage 20 time trial. Here are the best shots from the finalé of the 2018 Grand Boucle.
The first of many Grand Tour wins for Geraint Thomas?
You can see Ed’s Second Rest Day Round Up HERE, and his Final Round UP HERE. Plus The PEZ Tour Awards by Sam Larner HERE and The PEZ Crew Tour Top Picks HERE. If you missed any of the best Tour photos, catch up with WEEK 1 and WEEK 2 photo galleries.
Carcassonne painted the castle for the Tour de France
Good to see Lien Crapeon visiting boyfriend Edward Theuns at the start
Geraint Thomas signs a wooden bike
Team Sky were in control for the stage, once the break had gone
It might have been an easy day for the peloton, but the fans were out as usual
Stage 15 was a typical transition day, perfect for a break
From little bridges to the tallest bridge in the World, the Millau Viaduct
Magnus Cort Nielson takes the win for Astana
Two stages in a row for the Kazakh team. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana): “It is amazing! It was one of my biggest dreams when I’ve started riding a bike. This is my first Tour de France and I am so happy to win a stage here.”
The Peloton didn’t need the photo finish camera
The craziest stage of 2018 started quite calmly
First a farmers protest
There was some echelon action
Another good day for the fans
Philippe Gilbert went solo from the break and all was looking good, until…
Not a sight you want to see
Gilbert was rescued
And rode on
Quick-Step Floors was the team of the day, Julian Alaphilippe won the stage and took more KOM points
Congratulations and thanks between Gilbert and Alaphilippe
Most combative rider of the day – Philippe Gilbert on the podium
Tour director, Prudhomme talks to Gilbert as he leaves for the hospital with a fractured knee
Olympic champion, Greg Van Avermaet warms up in the shade before the short but tough stage 17
The old man, Valverde wasn’t so interested in a warm up
Was the start grid a success?
The finish is up there!
There were some splits in the finalé
Dumoulin was strong, but Thomas was in no trouble
Short and fast stages could be the way forward
Nairo Quintana saved Movistar’s Tour on stage 17
Geraint Thomas’s Tour win was one day closer
Tino Roosen had his whistle for the descent
Father and son – Jean François and Julien Bernard
Sky were happy to lead until the sprinter’s teams took over
The early break were happy under the strong sun of the South of France
Yet more Tour sunflowers
Groupama-FDJ needed a win
Lead-out man Jacopo Guarnieri was more than pleased
Well, the start was in Lourdes
Still a long road to Paris
Another day of hard work for Egan Bernal
Norwegian fans far from home
The leaders climbed into the clouds
LottoNL-Jumbo were looking for the win
Roglic made his move as they dropped to the finish in Laruns
Primoz Roglic – GT winner in the future?
Taylor Phinney broke his nose. “I just hit a bump and kind of got off balance at the wrong juncture and I ended up in the trees. Took a tree to the face, broke my nose.”
Tom Dumoulin takes the TT Stage 20 by 1 second.
Groupama-FDJ’s David Gaudu was relaxed before the start
David Brailsford must be a happy man
Sunweb riders warming up before the off
The last day that Geraint Thomas could lose the 2018 Tour de France
As long as Julian Alaphilippe finished within the time limit he would be the King Of the Mountains
Nearly a stage win for Chris Froome
Stage win for the World time trial champion – but no overall win
Thomas knew he had done it – The first Welsh Tour winner
Peter Sagan’s points jersey was also safe
Miguel Indurain, Geraint Thomas and a lion
Flowers for the lady – Sara Elen Thomas
Nice team car, but where does the front wheel go?
The 2018 winners jerseys – Alaphilippe, Thomas and Sagan
The peloton hits the Champs-Élysées
The French air force turned up to add a bit of color
The peloton works its way to wards the centre of the French capital
Alexander Kristoff pulled off the big Paris sprint
The Sagan fan club was there in force
The happy Thomas family
Proud to be Welsh – The first British born Tour de France winner
To the winner the spoils
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