Tour de France 2013 Stage 18 Results: Winner, Leaderboard and Highlights

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2013

ALPE D'HUEZ, FRANCE - JULY 18:  Christophe Riblon of France and Team AG2R La Mondiale celebrates on the podium after winning stage eighteen of the 2013 Tour de France, a 172.5KM road stage from Gap to l'Alpe d'Huez, on July 18, 2013 in Alpe d'Huez, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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In one of the most iconic portions of the 2013 Tour de France, it was French star Christophe Riblon who stole the victory on Stage 18 with a time of four hours, 51 minutes and 32 seconds by dominating the 172.5-kilometer (107-mile) race.

After finishing seventh with a time of 4:54:50, general classification leader and yellow jersey holder Chris Froome continues to hold his position at the top of the standings.

Froome was penalized after the stage for a rules infraction that saw another rider retrieve nourishments for the overall leader. Sky Sports has more:

Riblon had an impressive ride that featured two trips up the Alpe d'Huez and took the late lead to win the stage. Despite leading for much of the final ascent, American Tejay van Garderen was forced to settle for second place, 59 seconds behind the stage winner with a time of 4:52:31.

Italian Moreno Moser managed a third-place finish with a time of 4:52:59, and Nairo Quintana managed a great run and ended the event with a respectable time of 4:53:44.

Joaquim Rodríguez raced to a fifth-place finish with a time of 4:53:47.    

Stage 18 was a daunting test of the cyclists' climbing abilities, and with a great mix of ascending and descending, even the most casual fan was treated to great visuals along the beautiful course.

Despite the tremendous effort by the stars of the sport on this stage, the cyclists will be back in action Friday for the next mountain portion of the race.

While Thursday was a serious test for the riders, Stage 19 travels from Le Bourg-d'Oisans to Le Grand-Bornand in an exciting 204.5-kilometer (127-mile) trip through the visually beautiful mountains of the Alps.

The cyclists are in the homestretch of the Tour de France now and will face two more mountain stages in a row. Then it will be the final portion of the race that travels from Versailles to Paris on Sunday.

With a lead on the general classification, Froome looks destined to take the 2013 Tour de France victory.


Stage 18 Standings (courtesy of NBC Sports)

Place  Name  Time  Time Gap  Team  
1FRAChristophe RIBLON04:51:3200:00:00ALM
2USATejay VAN GARDEREN04:52:3100:00:59BMC
3ITAMoreno MOSER04:52:5900:01:27CAN
4COLNairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS04:53:4400:02:12MOV
5ESPJoaquim RODRIGUEZ OLIVER04:53:4700:02:15KAT
6AUSRichie PORTE04:54:5000:03:18SKY
7GBRChristopher FROOME04:54:5000:03:18SKY
8ESPAlejandro VALVERDE04:54:5400:03:22MOV
9ESPMikel NIEVE ITURRALDE04:55:4700:04:15EUS
10DENJakob FUGLSANG04:55:4700:04:15AST


Overall Standings (courtesy of NBC Sports)

Place  Name  Time  Time Gap  Team  Age  
1GBRChristopher FROOME71:02:1900:00:00SKY28
2ESPAlberto CONTADOR71:07:3000:05:11TST30
3COLNairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS71:07:5100:05:32MOV23
4CZERoman KREUZIGER71:08:0300:05:44TST27
5ESPJoaquim RODRIGUEZ OLIVER71:08:1700:05:58KAT34
6NEDBauke MOLLEMA71:11:1700:08:58BEL26
7DENJakob FUGLSANG71:11:5200:09:33AST28
8AUSMichael ROGERS71:16:4500:14:26TST33
9POLMichal KWIATKOWSKI71:16:5700:14:38OPQ23
10NEDLaurens TEN DAM71:16:5800:14:39BEL32


Full results and standings at NBC Sports.