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Live Reporting

By Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Nairo Quintana

    Right that's us done for today. Who would have thought that Nairo Quintana would roll back the years to claim victory on stage 18.

    You can read all about that, and Geraint Thomas, Julian Alaphilippe and the chaos in the race for the yellow jersey here in our report.

    And to think we've got two more gigantic days coming up.

    I'll see you here tomorrow.

  2. Listen: BeSpoke at the Tour

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    If you fancy catching up on today and looking forward to stage 18 and beyond, have a listen to the BBC BeSpoke podcast at the Tour.

    The latest post will be up later this evening here.

  3. Roll on stage 19

    That was absolutely barnstorming.

    Roll on stage 19 as the race travels 126.5km from Saint-Jean-De-Maurienne to Tignes.

    And guess what....we'll have more climbing!

    Stage 19 profile
  4. GC Standings

    Here's how it stands in the general classification after stage 18:

    1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/ Deceuninck-Quick Step) 75hrs 18mins 49secs
    2. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos) 1mins 30secs
    3. Geraint Thomas (GB/Ineos) 1mins 35secs
    4. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Jumbo-Visma 1mins 47secs
    5. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) 1mins 50secs
    6. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) 2mins 14secs
    7. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar 3mins 54secs
    8. Mikel Landa (Spa/Movistar 4mins 54secs
    9. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First) 5mins 33secs
    10. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) 5mins 58secs
  5. 'Ineos even stronger now'

    Rob Hayles

    Ex-GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, in France

    It was absolutely atrocious out on the roads with the heat and the climbs.

    If we thought Ineos were in a strong position going into today, they are even stronger now, with riders in second and third.

  6. 'I knew it could be a good day for me'

    Nairo Quintana

    Stage 18 winner Nairo Quintana: "We have worked conscientiously and well, we have moved on and we have not stopped trying I knew it could be a good day for me.

    "In the end we have won the stage victory, we tried with Mikel [Landa] to advance positions, this is a victory for the team."

  7. 'We knew it would be hard to drop Alaphilippe'

    Geraint Thomas

    Geraint Thomas speaking to ITV 4: "We wanted a hard pace and unfortunately we ran out of guys.

    "The call was made for Egan [Bernal] to go and that kicked it off. I couldn't do much then other than follow. I had a little dig just to see if anything was going to happen and the guys followed me over the top. It was a good day for Egan gaining some time.

    "There are two big days now. We knew it would be hard to drop Julian Alaphilippe today, but there are two more big days to come."

  8. Stage 18 results

    Stage 18 results:

    1. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) 5hrs 34mins 15secs
    2. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) 1mins 35secs
    3. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz/Astana) 2mins 28secs
    4. Lennard Kamna (Ger/Sunweb) 2mins 58secs
    5. Damiano Caruso (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) 3mins 00secs
    6. Tiesj Benoot (Bel/Lotto-Soudal) 4mins 46secs
    7. Michael Woods (Can/Education First) Same time
    8. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos)
    9. Serge Pauwels (Bel/CCC)
    10. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) 5mins 18secs
  9. Alaphilippe unscathed

    Julian Alaphilippe.

    Julian Alaphilippe. What. A. Guy. The race leader finishes with a clutch of his main GC rivals including Geraint Thomas, virtually unscathed.

    The Deceuninck-Quick Step is now just two days away from becoming the first Frenchman to win the Tour de France since Bernard Hinault in 1985.

    Whisper that quietly if you're in France though.

  10. Bernal up to second ahead of Thomas in GC

    I may be wrong.... but I think this means Egan Bernal is up to second in the GC, five second ahead of Geraint Thomas.

    View more on twitter
  11. Trailing home

    The group at the back of the peloton were 23.6km behind Nairo Quintana, and still climbing the Col du Galibier, when he crossed the finish line.

  12. Bardet second

    Here comes Romain Bardet. The French rider is 1min 35 seconds behind Quintana.

  13. Quintana wins stage 18

    Sensational from Nairo Quintana. I didn't think he still had that in him but it's his third ever stage win at the Tour de France.

    Has the Colombian reignited his and Movistar's Tour in the Alps?

  14. Quintana sauntering to victory

    Meanwhile Nairo Quintana is sauntering towards his biggest win of the year and possibly a place in the top eight of the GC standings. Superb from the Colombian.

  15. Post update

    Julian Alaphilippe is just unshakable isn't he? Well at the moment anyway.

    Geraint Thomas has stayed on the race leaders wheel though so it looks like the race is as it was this morning. Wide open.

  16. Post update

    Chapeau Julian Alaphilippe.

    The yellow jersey has caught Geraint Thomas, Thibaut Pinot, Emanuel Buchmann, Mikel Landa and company and passed them?

    Magnificent descending.

  17. Bernal up to second?

    Egan Bernal is now leading team-mate Geraint Thomas by around 30 seconds.

    And there is no let up from the Colombian.

  18. Post update

    Gareth Rhys Owen

    BBC reporter, in France

    Nairo Quintana set a new record for quickest climb of the Gailbier. It took him 22 minutes, 28 seconds. That's a minute quicker than Andy Schleck in 2011.

  19. Post update

    That was a leg shattering climb. Julian Alaphilippe is absolutely blasting his way down this mountain though.

  20. Post update

    Julian Alaphilippe is over the Col du Galibier.

    He's got a 20 second gap to close. If you've seen him descend you'd have to fancy him but how much will that climb have taken out of him for the forthcoming days.