63°
Cloudy
MON
 71°
 46°
TUE
 73°
 46°
WED
 74°
 52°
THU
 73°
 53°
FRI
 70°
 50°

Christophe Riblon wins Tour de France stage 18 in Alps, Chris Froome extends lead

L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) — Christophe Riblon became the first Frenchman to win a Tour de France stage this year and Chris Froome boosted his overall lead despite a late struggle on Thursday's 18th stage.

Riblon caught American Tejay van Garderen with about a mile left on the second ride up L'Alpe d'Huez, one of the Tour's most famed climbs.

Riblon threw his hands up and pumped his fists after clinching the second Tour stage win of his career, three years after winning another mountain trek. Van Garderen finished 59 seconds behind in second, and Italian Moreno Moser was 1:27 behind in third.

"To raise my arms aloft at L'Alpe d'Huez is incredible," Riblon said. "With five kilometers to go I thought I had lost it."

He dedicated the win to his AG2R La Mondiale teammate Jean-Christophe Peraud, who fractured his shoulder in Wednesday's time trial and had to pull out.


© The Press Democrat |  Terms of Service |  Privacy Policy |  Jobs With Us |  RSS |  Advertising |  Sonoma Media Investments |  Place an Ad
Switch to our Mobile View