De Gendt’s Tour de France circle complete after stage 18

SAINTLARYSOULAN COL DU PORTET FRANCE JULY 14 Thomas De Gendt of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal at Col du Portet 2215mduring the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 17 a 1784km stage from Muret to SaintLarySoulan Col du Portet 2215m LeTour TDF2021 on July 14 2021 in SaintLarySoulan Col du Portet France Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images
Thomas de Gendt on stage 17 of the Tour de France 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

One of Thomas De Gendt’s first big mountain stages at the Tour de France, back in 2011, tackled the dual climbs of the Col du Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden so stage 18 completed the circle as the Lotto Soudal rider contemplated whether this year’s French Grand Tour could be his last.

The 34 year old is riding his ninth Tour de France, with the breakaway specialist having won a stage in 2019 and 2016, but he has said this year was a different experience with his best efforts bringing meagre rewards after a rapid shift up in the general level.

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