Mas falls short of Tour de France stage victory on 'the Spanish mountain'

Enric Mas (Movistar) attacks on stage 18 of the Tour de France
Enric Mas (Movistar) attacks on stage 18 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Just one day after a brutally difficult ride to the Col du Portet, Spain's top Tour de France contender Enric Mas (Movistar) turned in a much stronger performance on Luz Ardiden but it still wasn't enough for a stage 18 win.

Together with Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) and Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma, Mas was one of the three GC contenders who remained in contact with race leader Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) when the Slovenian placed a surging attack 3.3 kilometres from the line.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.