three men in the lead, the peloton in command… Follow stage 18 between Moûtiers and Bourg-en-Bresse

In the aftermath of a stage that changed the face of the Tour with the failure of Tadej Pogacar, the sprinters’ teams should take over the race on Thursday.



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Victor Campenaerts, Jonas Abrahamsen and Kasper Asgreen in a breakaway during stage 18 of the Tour de France, July 20, 2023. (MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP)

The day after. If Jonas Vingegaard has certainly secured victory in this 2023 Tour de France on the slopes of the Col de la Loze, stage 18 will be of a completely different genre. The yellow jersey should stay warm in the group, he now has a 7’35” lead over rival Tadej Pogacar. Sidelined by the mountainous course for a week, the sprinters will regain control at the end of the 185 kilometers that separate Moûtiers and Bourg-en-Bresse on Thursday 20 July.

Should a breakaway form, teams aiming for stage wins in a mass finish should lead and control the race, so as not to be trapped by breakaways. Impressive from the start of the Grande Boucle, Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) will once again be the big favorite of the day, although some like Bryan Coquard (Cofidis) or Dylan Groenewegen ( Team Jayco AlUla) he will be eager to thwart her plans.

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