Tour de France 2012 stage 18 Live Updates, Results and highlights
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Tour de France 2012 stage 18 Live Updates, Results and highlights

Blagnac : France | Jul 20, 2012 at 4:00 AM PDT
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Tour de France stage 18 highlights

The Tour de France 2012 stage 18 live action between Blagnac and Brive-la-Gaillarde 222.5 km trek are on it's way today. Check this page for Tour de France stage 18 Live Updates and highlights video later.

Bradley Wiggins allowed to rest his mind in the closing kilometres of stage 17 since it's actually his hardest test so far winning the Tour de France. Sky team has effectively done a good job staying on the front of the peloton most of the way for the 1,520km from La Planche des Belles Filles to the final summit finish.

Bradley Wiggins moved closer in becoming the first British to win the Tour de France as Alejandro Valverde won the final mountain stage in Peyragudes. Wiggins was third, just behind Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome and 19 seconds behind the Movistar rider. “It was the first time in the whole of the race that I thought I’d won the Tour.” Wiggins said via Telegraph UK. “There were almost tears in my eyes.”

Spain's Valverde win was his first in the Tour following a two-year ban for doping and a fifth victory of his comeback season. Third-placed Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) lost 18 seconds on the final climb and is now 2:41 behind Wiggins. Check this page for Tour de France stage 18 Live Updates and highlights video later.

Stage 18 Winners

1. Cavendish Mark 103 SKY

2. Goss Matthew Harley 204 OGE

3. Sagan Peter 57 LIQ

Yellow jersey Bradley Wiggins finished safely to retain the race lead. No change in the standings.

1. WIGGINS Bradley - SKY PROCYCLING - 83h 22' 18'' 2. FROOME Christopher - SKY PROCYCLING 83h 24' 23' 3. NIBALI Vincenzo - LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 83h 24' 59'' 4. VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen - LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM - 83h 28' 11'' 5. VAN GARDEREN Tejay - BMC RACING TEAM 83h 30' 48''
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