After an exciting three weeks, the 2018 Tour de France has come to an end with Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas taking the overall title of 105th edition of the Tour de France to stand atop the podium on the Champs-Élysées.
Peter Sagan confirms record-equalling sixth Maillot Vert to crown best ever Tour de France for BORA-hansgrohe.
On the final day of the 105th edition of the Tour de France, it was a day for looking at the incredible achievements of the BORA-hansgrohe team in this most famous of cycling races. La Grande Boucle had seen the UCI World Champion, Peter Sagan, take three stage wins, before fighting through the mountains – a crash making his road to Paris all the more difficult. Having suffered due to his injuries on the Roubaix stage, Rafał Majka stepped up and lit up the Pyrenees with attacking riding and strong performances. Today, all Peter had to do was finish today to take the record-equalling sixth Maillot Vert, and in the final sprint, while it was clear he still needed time to recover, he pushed hard for the line to take enough points to break his personal record in the points contest – equalling one Tour de France record while breaking one of his own.
Julian Alaphilippe wins Tour de France polka dot jersey
KOM triumph the icing on the cake for World Tour leader Quick-Step Floors, who takes Grand Tour all-time tally to 84 stage wins
Resplendent in his polka dot jersey, with the famous Arc de Triomphe serving as backdrop and the sun shining over the moveable feast that Paris is, Julian Alaphilippe savored one of the most beautiful days of his career, after a race which saw the prodigious Frenchman come of age; at just his second career participation, the 26-year-old Quick-Step Floors rider soloed to two memorable stage victories, in the Alps (Le Grand-Bornand) and Pyrenees (Bagnères-de-Luchon) respectively, which helped him win the prestigious polka dot jersey, a performance only a dozen of Frenchmen had achieved since the classification was introduced in 1933.
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