Analytics in Action – Stage 18Blog
Barguil gets a second win, while Froome's ready to secure a fourth overall victory
Warren Barguil (SUN) rose to a brilliant stage win atop the Col d'Izoard, while Chris Froome (SKY) held on to the Yellow Jersey, which he’s likely to keep until the final stage in Paris.
The highest summit finish of the 2017 Tour de France offered a brutal showdown. Warren Barguil (SUN) took the win on top of the 2,360m Col d'Izoard, after an impressive attack in the final 5km that saw him sail to a solo win.
In the General Classification, Chris Froome (SKY) maintained a 23" lead over Romain Bardet (ALM), despite an effort from the young French climber to overcome Froome’s dominance. With only three stages to go, including a time trial that will favour ‘Froomey’ (SKY), it looks likely that he’ll get a fourth overall win on Sunday.
With Paris in sight and many teams still on the hunt for a win, a huge group of riders broke away at the start: 54 riders, with members from 19 of the 22 teams participating in the race. To no-one's surprise, Team Sky was not involved in the move. The Yellow Jersey's teammates stuck around to set their leader up for the final climb.
Among the early attackers of the day, Jhon Darwin Atapuma (UAD) still had a 3' lead over the main bunch when he tackled the last climb of the day. The Col d'Izoard's challenge was an exhausting 14.1km at a 7.3% gradient, with slopes steadily over 10% in the final climb. But Atapuma (UAD) couldn't beat Barguil's (SUN) blistering 19.9km/h pace on his way to a second iconic stage win, one week after his memorable victory for France on Bastille Day.
Key data highlights:
1.) The early attackers were 3.6km/h faster than the peloton on the first climb of the day – a difference of 17.5%.
2.) With a lead of 89 points in the King of the Mountains classification, Warren Barguil (SUN) will proudly wear the Polka-dot jersey on the final podium if he makes it to Paris without incident.
3.) When Tony Gallopin (LTS) accelerated downhill, he sped up to a breakneck 84.5km/h.
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