Tour de France: Kasper Asgreen seizes stage 18 victory from all-day breakaway


After every week within the Alps, stage 18 of the Tour de France to Bourg-en-Bresse was anticipated to be a welcome return for the sprinters of the peloton, although the breakaway and Kasper Asgreen (Soudal-QuickStep) had different concepts, hanging on to win by metres on the finish of 185km within the escape.

A clutch of sprinter’s groups, together with inexperienced jersey Jasper Philipsen’s Alpecin-Deceuninck squad, led the peloton in the direction of the end, closing down the ever-increasing hole to the 4 males out entrance – one which had by no means prolonged to greater than 1:30 throughout the day. Nevertheless, the collective calculation was off, and Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Dstny) led the break into the ultimate kilometre.