Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) powered to an emphatic victory on stage 18 of the Tour de France, getting the better of Cofidis' Christophe Laporte and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) in the bunch kick.
It was the first stage win of the race for a French team, although Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) claimed a pair of stage wins and leads the mountains classification.
Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) had a relatively quiet day ahead of the final mountain stage, but the same could not be said for stage 17 winner Nairo Quintana (Movistar), who crashed midway through the day and suffered deep cuts and contusions.
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